Lasith Malinga, the former Sri Lanka captain and legendary pacer, has been appointed the side’s Bowling Strategy Coach for the white-ball leg of their home series against Australia next week.
Malinga’s remit is to provide “tactical insight and technical expertise to help the on-field execution of strategic plans.”
It’s a role Malinga has occupied previously when Sri Lanka visited Australia in February for a T20I series. Sri Lanka suffered a 4-1 loss in that five-match series, although their bowlers impressed, with the Australian batters restricted to a high total of 164/6 across the five matches.
“Sri Lanka Cricket is confident that Malinga’s vast experience and renowned death-bowling expertise, especially in the T20 format, will help the team immensely going into this all-important series,” the SLC statement said.
Sri Lanka on Thursday named an 18-member squad for the upcoming T20Is, which included maiden call-ups for the young pair of Nuwanidu Fernando, the top-order batter, and Matheesha Pathirana, the right-arm pacer.
The three-match series is set to begin on 7 June in Colombo.
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