Test cricket’s leading wicket taker of all time, Muttiah Muralitharan has joined Australian coaching staff to work with incumbent spinner Nathan Lyon in Sri Lanka and for the tour of UAE.
The turn made following the head coach Darren Lehmann’s plan to have specialists assist the team in mentoring capacities.
“Muttiah Muralitharan is true great of the game and his involvement with the Australian team will bring enormous benefits. He really understands the conditions we’ll face and will be able to impart a great amount of knowledge. Not only will he help guide our spinners during that tour, but he will also work with our batsmen to help them prepare to play Pakistan’s dangerous spin bowlers. As we’ve shown in recent times we’ll bring in dedicated skill-specific coaching consultants to our support staff as and when we see fit. That means having more regular support from technical experts to help work on specific areas of performance.” Darren Lehmann, the current coach of Australian team said.
the 42 years old Sri Lankan legend expressed his excitements over this move.
“I’m very much excited; I know the Australian team is a very good side, but hopefully I can have a little bit of input to help them do well in the series against Pakistan. Those conditions might help spinners and I know a few tricks that might help them on what to do as I have played a lot of matches in those conditions in the UAE and hopefully I can help them a little bit,” said Murali.
Australia will play with Pakistan on neutral venue in the UAE in a series comprising three one-day matches, two Tests and a Twenty20 from October3 to November 1.
Meanwhile, Pakistan have been compelled to play their home series at neutral venues since the militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore back in 2009.