Cricket Australia has appointed legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as specialist spin consultant ahead of the Pakistan test series.
The former cricketer will mentor the spinners of the national team and will also work with the Australian batsmen to improve their technique against playing spin.
Muralitharan has taken 800 wickets in test cricket and is known as one of the greatest spinners in world cricket. His inclusion before the series against Pakistan means he will be coaching the Australian batsmen about playing mystery spinner like Saeed Ajmal. He will work closely with Australian spinners, especially with Nathan Lyon as he is the number one spin choice in the current Australia team.
Muralitharan is very excited about his new role and is confident to make an impact on current Australia side.
“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,” he told Cricket Australia.
The series against Pakistan has been scheduled to start on October 20, 2014. – Md Zahin
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