Marsh thankful for insider knowledge


Australia batsman, Shaun Marsh, has lauded the presence of former Sri Lanka international, Thilan Samaraweera, as he prepares for the tour to the aforementioned island nation at the NCC facilities in Queensland.

The facilities include a specially prepared spin track designed to mimic conditions in the subcontinent.

Samareewa is now a Melbourne resident, and has been contracted to Cricket Australia to aid their academy as a batting coach.

Marsh told about their preparations: "We're up in Brisbane for the week to do our training here, get outdoors, have a hit on the turf and really start the preparation for Sri Lanka,

"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.

"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 and get his views."

Australia are set for a tricky tour, given their recent weakness playing the turning ball but Marsh is convinced that they need not give undue attention to their frailty against spin, saying: "You don't want to focus on it too much, but you know when you go to the subcontinent and those conditions that spin is going to come into play,

"It's about having a solid game plan, and sticking to that game plan when you get there, and backing yourself in."

Australia will be in Sri Lanka from July until September, taking on the hosts in three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is.