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Sridharan to coach Australia's spinners during India Test tour

January 17, 2017 11:43 IST

'He knows our players very well and has a wealth of knowledge on the conditions that our players will face in India.'

Sriram SridharanCricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed former India One-Day International player Sriram Sridharan will join the coaching staff for the forthcoming Test tour of India as a spin consultant.

Sridharan, who played eight ODIs for India, has been involved in the Australian coaching system for some time, having last assisted the men's team on the tour of Sri Lanka in July 2016, as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in India earlier in that year.

Speaking on the appointment, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Team Performance, Pat Howard, said it is good to have consistency in the spin consultant role.

"Sri has worked with us on a number of occasions now all across our pathway system and he is currently in Dubai with our Under-16 team providing his expertise on sub-continental conditions.

"He knows our players very well and has a wealth of knowledge on the conditions that our players will face in India."

Sridharan said he is excited at the prospect of working with the Australian team again, who have not won a Test match in India since 2004.

"As always, I consider it a great honour to be given the opportunity to work with the Australian Men's Team once again. I really look forward to adding value and contributing to a winning cause, against a quality opposition.

'India is regarded as one of the toughest places to tour as a Test playing nation and I am looking forward to the challenge."

Sridharan, who played eight ODIs for India between 2000 to 2004, will travel to Dubai with the early departure of players on January 29 to train at the International Cricket Council Academy.

Australia on Sunday named a spin-heavy 16-man squad with four specialist slow bowlers in it for their four-match Test tour of India in February-March. Uncapped leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was named in the team along with lead spinner Nathan Lyon and left-arm orthodox Ashton Agar and Steve O'Keefe.

The Test series begins on February 23 in Pune, followed by matches in Bangalore (March 4-8), Ranchi (March 16-20) and Dharamsala (March 25-29).

File Image: Sriram Sridharan bats during an ODI against Bangladesh in Chittagong, in December 2004.

Photograph: Rafiqur Rahman/Reuters