Australia employ Muralitharan as coaching consultant

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Australia have hired former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as a coaching consultant for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates later this year.

Australia have hired former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as a coaching consultant for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates later this year.

Test spinner Nathan Lyon and emerging slow bowlers James Muirhead, Will Bosisto, Clive Rose and Matthew Short are currently being mentored by Muralitharan and spin bowling coach John Davision as part of the National Cricket Centre Spin Program.

"Muralitharan is a 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," said coach Darren Lehmann.

"Not only will he help guide our spinners during that tour, but he will also work with our batsman 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."

The veteran Muralitharan took a record-breaking 800 wickets in 133 Tests between August 1992 and July 2010. 80 of these, including five five-wicket hauls, were achieved against Pakistan.

"We know it's going to be a tough, hard contest in the UAE against Pakistan on wickets we predict will be friendly for spinners. Muthiah knows those conditions well and will be fantastic in not only aiding our spinners on how to understand and best utilise the conditions, but to also work with our batsmen to help them tackle those threats," added CA executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard.

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