Cricket Australia Appoint Thilan Samaraweera As Consultant For Sri Lanka Tour
Thilan Samaraweera, who played 81 Tests for Sri Lanka, has been hired by Cricket Australia as a batting consultant ahead of the team's tour to Sri Lanka in July
- Thilan Samaraweera retired from international cricket in 2013
- Samaraweera scored 5462 runs in 81 Tests
- Australia will play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is in Sri Lanka
Cricket Australia (CA) have roped in former Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera to work with some of the Test hopefuls at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane as part of their preparations for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour.
Samaraweera, who has been hired as a consultant for just two months, has already begun to work with Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh and Jackson Bird as they prepare for the tour.
"At the moment I'm involved with the National Cricket Academy here. I'm working with a few Test players who are not involved in that West Indies tri-series. They are just coming here to train," Samaraweera was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Samaraweera, who lives in Melbourne, said he was unlikely to accompany the Australians on their tour as he was also working with Australia's A team players.
To get a feel of the subcontinent conditions, the 39-year-old has been working with the Test hopefuls on two specially designed turning pitches at the academy.
"I've had a hit on the spin wicket here and it's very good, very similar to what you get on the subcontinent and it was a challenging net session," Marsh said.
"Samaraweera was throwing a few offies as well, and it's been really good to chat to him and get a bit of an insight into the sort of conditions we'll be facing in the next couple of months. He's been helping with advice on how to play spin, he's good to chat about that with."
Australia will leave for Sri Lanka in early July, well ahead of the first Test, which begins in Pallekele on July 26.