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Cricket Australia appoint Allan Donald as bowling coach for Sri Lanka tour

Cricket Australia appoint Allan Donald as bowling coach for Sri Lanka tour
Allan Donald had worked with England, New Zealand and South African teams in the past.
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Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed the appointment of Allan Donald as the bowling coach of the national team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

Donald has previously worked as the bowling coach for South Africa for a four-year period between 2011 and 2015 and is currently essaying the same role for the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in the Indian Premier League.

Australian head coach Darren Lehmann hailed the appointment of Donald and said that the immense experience of the 49-year-old will be very beneficial to the team especially in the sub-continent conditions.

“He (Allan Donald) brings a wealth of experience with him and our guys will benefit greatly from having him around,” said Lehmann.

“His Test record speaks for itself and he was without a doubt one of the most formidable bowlers of his generation.

“He has also had considerable success in sub-continent conditions and will bring a fresh perspective, and challenge some of our thinking.”

After his appointment, Donald told cricket.com.au that his priority will be to work with the Australian bowlers and help them master the art of reverse swing, which he feels will be the key to win games away from home.

“Reverse swing is massive in the subcontinent.

“I’ve played enough against Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis (to know) what it takes, what sort of skill it takes and what sort of patience and discipline it takes to be able to execute that.

“That’s going to be a massive key.

“Having played against them (Wasim and Waqar) and listening to how they speak, I want to take reverse swing to another level in terms of how to implement it.

“Australia have done it pretty well but there’s a lot more to it and a lot more skill that can be taken a lot further in terms of the art of reverse swing.

“That for me is going to be a massive skill over there, winning away from home and being able to take 20 wickets there.”

Former Australian batsman Stuart Law has also been named as the batting coach for the Test series against Sri Lanka as Greg Blewett has been granted a paternity leave.

Law played 54 One-Day Internationals and a Test match for Australia between 1994 and 1999 while he has over 27,000 first-class runs under his belt from 367 matches.

Law’s coaching experience includes working with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh apart from being the coach of Queensland Bulls and the Brisbane Heat teams in Australia.

The 47-year-old previously served as Australia’s batting coach in 2012 while he most recently has been the technical advisor of the Bangladesh Under-19 team till the conclusion of the ICC U-19 World Cup.

Stating that it was great to have Law back with the Australian team, Lehmann stated that his experience in the Sri Lankan conditions will be a huge advantage.

“It’s great to have Stu (Stuart Law) back in the Australian team for this period.

“He has been doing some great work at the National Cricket Centre with our age-grade teams and Australia A, and his knowledge of batting in Sri Lanka is a huge advantage for us on this tour.”

Apart from the appointments of Donald and Law, former Indian spinner Sridharan Sriram has been appointed as the fielding consultant for the Test series against Sri Lanka.

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