Pakistan v Australia 2014-15 June 18, 2014

Muralitharan joins Australia coaching staff

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Coverdale: 'Majority of Australians quite like Murali'

Australia have made a dramatic move in their attempts to improve their spin credentials in Asian conditions, hiring Muttiah Muralitharan as a coaching consultant for this year's Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. And while Muralitharan has no intention of turning Nathan Lyon into a master of the doosra, he is already helping Lyon add a carrom ball to his arsenal.

The two men have been working together in Sri Lanka this week and Muralitharan said he was confident Lyon would be ready to deliver the carrom ball to Pakistan's batsmen in the Test series in October. But the appointment of Muralitharan for the short-term role is not only about helping Lyon but also equipping Australia's batsmen to face Saeed Ajmal and the Pakistan spinners.

Australia's most recent Test tour in Asia was their disastrous campaign in India early last year, when they lost 4-0 and struggled to handle to R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in turning conditions. The penetration of their own spinners was also a weakness throughout the tour, although it was not helped by Lyon being dropped mid-series and replaced by Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty.

Lyon returned for the final Test in Delhi and picked up nine wickets for the match, and since then has moved on to have 112 victims at 32.99 from his 33 Test appearances. Muralitharan said Lyon was clearly Australia's best spin option and he expected him to be able to deliver the occasional carrom ball in the UAE this year before mastering it in years to come.

"In a country like Australia, you don't need many spinners, you need to get the right one," Muralitharan said. "I think Nathan Lyon is the answer, for any format. He spins the ball, he is confident, he has done well and taken more than 100 wickets in Test cricket. Australia has to persevere with him and then fill the backups.

"The doosra is very difficult to teach. We are trying something else, like a carrom ball ... He is a finger-spinner, I am a wrist-spinner. For a wrist-spinner to change the wrist position is easy. But for a finger-spinner to change the wrist position to bowl the doosra is harder. So it would be difficult.

"He's already starting to bowl the carrom ball. So that is the easiest way for the finger-spinners to learn ... I think he'll be ready. He will bowl a few balls in the UAE and he will master it in years to come."

Muralitharan has been working not only with Lyon but also several of Australia's emerging spinners in Sri Lanka this week, including James Muirhead and Clive Rose. But his role in the UAE will also include bowling to Australia's batsmen in the nets in an attempt to get them accustomed to the style of Ajmal, who is the highest-ranked spinner on the ICC's bowling rankings and will enjoy the conditions greatly.

"I'm not a good batsman so I can't give many tips to batsmen, but the thing I can do is that I'm still good enough to bowl to the batsmen," Muralitharan said. "Myself and Ajmal are a little bit similar. We are bowling doosras and offspin, so they might learn from batting in the nets, rather than me trying to teach them. I can't teach batting."

Muralitharan said he was confident he would have the support of the vast majority of Australian cricket fans despite his history with the country, which was dominated by his being no-balled for throwing in the 1995 Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. His relationship with Australia has improved significantly and he was one of the most popular overseas players in the BBL during his time with the Melbourne Renegades.

His appointment has continued the push by coach Darren Lehmann to have specialists assist the team at strategic times, as when Shane Warne provided spin advice in South Africa this year.

"Muttiah Muralitharan is a true great of the game and his involvement with the Australian team will bring enormous benefits," Lehmann said. "He really understands the conditions we'll face and will be able to impart a great amount of knowledge. Not only will he help guide our spinners during that tour, but he will also work with our batsmen 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.

"Most recently we had Shane Warne join us in South Africa, and throughout the Australian summer we had a range of former Australian players around the team during the Test series to help impart specialist knowledge. This time around we are fortunate enough to have Muttiah work with us."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Desihungama on June 21, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    This would be Pakistan's third series playing No. 1 team in Test Cricket. A would like to retain their current ranking and B would like to improve on it's current. Bring on the series!

  • Marcio on June 20, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Sorry, my previous comment was meant for Kays789, not ShockValue - both submitted comments of a similar nature, and I accidentally mixed them up.

  • CricketChat on June 19, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Great move by CA to acquire Murali to coach Aussie spinners even on a short term basis. What a great opportunity for aspiring CA spinners to learn from the master. Murali's effectiveness came from the fact he was not just a traditional off spinner. He had so many variations, the standard off-spinner was just one of them, to keep the batsmen guessing. That's what CA spinners need to learn from Murali.

  • dunger.bob on June 19, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @ IndianInnerEdge: I suppose the ideal cricketer is one who can play anywhere, any time. A guy who can do his stuff early, mid or late season on any pitch anywhere in the world would have to be worth his weight in gold. Some have got it naturally but for the vast majority it's a matter of practice and putting hours in the log. I've said this before but I think it's worth saying again. It's more than likely an impossible dream but one worth pursuing just the same. .. I won't mind if every one, every where says to themselves in private 'OMG, here come the Aussies. If we're not really careful we're gonna get destroyed.' .. it might not ever happen but it's why we play the game.

  • dunger.bob on June 19, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @ Jono Makim: No need, just read the Brettrig article. Honestly, I had no idea about that before yesterday. Sheesh, talk about living under a rock. :)

    @ Kays789: I can't actually find a comment by Well-Rounded97 on this thread. Nevertheless I know who you're talking about and I've got to say that doesn't sound like him. He's usually pretty switched on from what I remember. .. anyway, let's have it your way.

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 19, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    The first step to solving a problem is acknowledging there is a problem. Hats of to Aus crick for taking such bold and innovative steps like hiring MM and importing indian soil to replicate spin friendly conditions and get their first and second string players to become proficient spin players. Am not saying that by hiring MM their bowlers will be bowling doosras at the drop of a hat...but surely the likes of lyon, muirhead will benefit from listening to MM, how to vary their pace, variety, how to challenge the batsmen, the field setting, the tactics etc. I wish my cric boad would do something similar to address the pathetic scenario of indian pace bowling, do something to nurture youngsters to take up pace bowling, create facilities, change the nature of our pitches etc the list being the same ever since India started playing cricket, one wonders what do they do with their quadzillions.....any ways....cricinfo please publish.....

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 19, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    admire the intent by oz board to improve their boys, the other day they announced they are going to import indian soil to replicate spin friendly conditions. Compare this with the Characters in the BCCI who are busy counting the IPL riches when our team is likely to have another UK blankout. Wish they would be more pro active and innovative like CA and do something to bring about a fast bowling culture in india. Cricinfo please publish...

  • Meety on June 19, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    In this day & age, this is the perfect type of appointment for the Cricket team. I personally don't think we need a full time spin bowling coach, rather a panel of willing experts (like Murali), that CA can call on for periods of time. Good work Cric Oz, definately could not of been a Sutherland idea.

  • landl47 on June 19, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    He'll certainly help the Australian batsmen prepare for Ajmal- their actions are similar. Whether he'll help Lyon is more debatable.

  • Kays789 on June 19, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    @dunger.bob. Just look at wellrounded87's comment. I don't expect you'll believe this either, but the trolls you refer to have not moved on, and never will. So yes, Murali is clearly the bigger man here and good for him. He's a decent human being and was always above such pettiness.

  • Desihungama on June 21, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    This would be Pakistan's third series playing No. 1 team in Test Cricket. A would like to retain their current ranking and B would like to improve on it's current. Bring on the series!

  • Marcio on June 20, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Sorry, my previous comment was meant for Kays789, not ShockValue - both submitted comments of a similar nature, and I accidentally mixed them up.

  • CricketChat on June 19, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Great move by CA to acquire Murali to coach Aussie spinners even on a short term basis. What a great opportunity for aspiring CA spinners to learn from the master. Murali's effectiveness came from the fact he was not just a traditional off spinner. He had so many variations, the standard off-spinner was just one of them, to keep the batsmen guessing. That's what CA spinners need to learn from Murali.

  • dunger.bob on June 19, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @ IndianInnerEdge: I suppose the ideal cricketer is one who can play anywhere, any time. A guy who can do his stuff early, mid or late season on any pitch anywhere in the world would have to be worth his weight in gold. Some have got it naturally but for the vast majority it's a matter of practice and putting hours in the log. I've said this before but I think it's worth saying again. It's more than likely an impossible dream but one worth pursuing just the same. .. I won't mind if every one, every where says to themselves in private 'OMG, here come the Aussies. If we're not really careful we're gonna get destroyed.' .. it might not ever happen but it's why we play the game.

  • dunger.bob on June 19, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @ Jono Makim: No need, just read the Brettrig article. Honestly, I had no idea about that before yesterday. Sheesh, talk about living under a rock. :)

    @ Kays789: I can't actually find a comment by Well-Rounded97 on this thread. Nevertheless I know who you're talking about and I've got to say that doesn't sound like him. He's usually pretty switched on from what I remember. .. anyway, let's have it your way.

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 19, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    The first step to solving a problem is acknowledging there is a problem. Hats of to Aus crick for taking such bold and innovative steps like hiring MM and importing indian soil to replicate spin friendly conditions and get their first and second string players to become proficient spin players. Am not saying that by hiring MM their bowlers will be bowling doosras at the drop of a hat...but surely the likes of lyon, muirhead will benefit from listening to MM, how to vary their pace, variety, how to challenge the batsmen, the field setting, the tactics etc. I wish my cric boad would do something similar to address the pathetic scenario of indian pace bowling, do something to nurture youngsters to take up pace bowling, create facilities, change the nature of our pitches etc the list being the same ever since India started playing cricket, one wonders what do they do with their quadzillions.....any ways....cricinfo please publish.....

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 19, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    admire the intent by oz board to improve their boys, the other day they announced they are going to import indian soil to replicate spin friendly conditions. Compare this with the Characters in the BCCI who are busy counting the IPL riches when our team is likely to have another UK blankout. Wish they would be more pro active and innovative like CA and do something to bring about a fast bowling culture in india. Cricinfo please publish...

  • Meety on June 19, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    In this day & age, this is the perfect type of appointment for the Cricket team. I personally don't think we need a full time spin bowling coach, rather a panel of willing experts (like Murali), that CA can call on for periods of time. Good work Cric Oz, definately could not of been a Sutherland idea.

  • landl47 on June 19, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    He'll certainly help the Australian batsmen prepare for Ajmal- their actions are similar. Whether he'll help Lyon is more debatable.

  • Kays789 on June 19, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    @dunger.bob. Just look at wellrounded87's comment. I don't expect you'll believe this either, but the trolls you refer to have not moved on, and never will. So yes, Murali is clearly the bigger man here and good for him. He's a decent human being and was always above such pettiness.

  • dunger.bob on June 19, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    @ Kays789: I don't expect you'll believe this, bust most of us Aussies quite like Murali and have put the past well and truly behind us. I suspect Murali's done the same. He seemed to enjoy himself in the BBL and he does spend a fair amount of time here. He's a champion, we know that, and now he's being given all the respect and stature he rightfully deserves.

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 : Point very well taken. For most of his career Australia was packing a seriously good cricket team that was tough to play anywhere and almost invincible at home.

  • on June 19, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    No problem for Pakistan, Murli is a great blowler but he will not work for Australia

  • Marcio on June 19, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    shockValue, "Murali ist is clearly the bigger man. Would never expect the reverse to happen." Perhaps you can explain this comment. You mean that SL would never invite Nathan Lyon to coach in SL? Murali has been back to Australia playing the BBL with no problems. He's been invited BY AUSTRALIA to help coach. Australia moved on from this years ago. Despite the fact that the entire country was demonised by some for taking what was considered an ethical stance at the time, we have chosen to let it go. This move by CA is yet another healing gesture. Personally, I think it is pretty big of them. But as we can see from some comments here, certain others remain locked in past grievances. Your attempt to use this to shame Australia is completely unnecessary. How much time do you need to move on?

  • on June 18, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, I'm not about to troll through the pages here looking for it but there was at least one interview with Invers on these pages where he stated in no uncertain terms that he was not open to our spinners bowling the doosra. This is also very much the case in England. I guess we'll see what happens now Marsh is chairman. Perhaps there is a mystery spinner or two lurking in the shadows waiting for this moment!

    In fact I found the link quite promptly, here you are!

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/588225.html

  • BigINDFan on June 18, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Murali cannot perform miracles but nice try by Aussies. What happened to Shane Warne, I thought Lehmann was great pals with Warne? It is good to see Murali being respected for his talent and achievements finally.

  • cricketsubh on June 18, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Great news for Australia muruli join as a spin coach I think and should take 3 spinner to uae. My Australia squad for uae 1.warner2.rogers3.doolan4.clarke5.smith.6.marsh.7.haddin(wk).8.lyon.9.jhonson.10.harris.11.ohkeef.12.hughes.13.jo burns. 14.murehead.15.fulkner.16 .siddil/stay. I drop Watson because I do not think he had any future in test cricket and he needs to focus on only of odis and t20 cricket. Please publish cricinfo.

  • social_monster09 on June 18, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Great news for Australia 2 all time great spin legends with Lehman on the coaching seat is really interesting & very fruitful for Australia & for youngsters. Lyon's talent is growing series by series. Plenty of cricket is left in that guy I am pretty sure that one day he will be in the list of top spinners of present time (not in the category of Warne, Murli, Kumble or Mustaq). Good going bravooo

  • Kays789 on June 18, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Murali is clearly the bigger man here. Would never expect the reverse to happen. Goes to show all that hate and ridicule he endured over there originated from them been wary of murali's ability and success (even the very limited success he did have in australia).

  • on June 18, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    good for australia

  • rizwan1981 on June 18, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Would Mr DARREL HAIR and ROSS EMERSON approve !

  • siddhartha87 on June 18, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Murali is not only the only man in planet earth with 800 wickets but he is one of the most down to earth players I have ever seen. Good to see him working closely with Lyon

  • PrasPunter on June 18, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    @Hasnain, thats because the PCB wanted to play more limited-overs games than tests, given the poor attendances for tests in the UAE and else-where. A good move this, though.

  • naudurivsm on June 18, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Well bowled CA !! and a Great Catch on the follow through.. :)).

  • on June 18, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Wonderful decision, ironic yes, but still a very good idea. Im sure Warnie has said lots of things to Lyon in the past, but Murali is a sub-continent bowler who would have some great insights. Good job CA and Lehmann

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 18, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    @dunger.bob-Yes,Murali for all his greatness had v ordinary recd. @ Aus,probably not much better than any other spinner in world,bar Warne.But consider this.When his opp. had Hayden @ 1,Gilly @ 7,1 can decipher why.Dont even need to mention 1s in between!

  • on June 18, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    @asiacricket1234, Sri Lanka got their ex players at the right places. Attapattu as the head coach, Vass bowling coach, Jayasuriya as the head of selectors, Hashan and Pramodya as selectors. All of them are doing a great job right now. This opportunity for Murali is a great one for him to develop as a good coach. He can learn lot from Lehmann and Bayliss with the latest technology and coaching techniques. Murali will end up in SL same as Vass with NZ. So let him first become a great coach and then Sri Lanka could benefit later.

  • on June 18, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Srilankan Selectors wake up... you need Murali to coach Srilanka :)

  • on June 18, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    This tour of Aus to Pak should have been atleast 3 tests. Don't understand a 2 test series with Aus ... that too after big gap of 4 years .... (the last one also being a 2 test matches)

  • on June 18, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    SL continue to waste good coaches. First Hathurasinghe and now Murali.

  • anver777 on June 18, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Good News !! One & only Murali is back in a different role in international arena !!!! I'm sure Aus is lucky & will gain a lot from him.... All the best !!!!

  • dunger.bob on June 18, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @ Jono Makim: You know, I've never even thought about what you said. I've just always assumed that as soon as the 15 degree thing came into force it was open slather and we Aussies would jump on board. Not for a moment did I consider a passive resistance in the background from coaches and selectors. That does explain our inability to produce one I suppose. .. I'd always put that down to the fact that unless you're Warne, spinners have a hard time in Australia. Even Murali struggled here, despite having ample motivation to do well. .. Mate, you could very well be right. All I can say is they've got rocks in their head if they think that's the way to go if they want to beat these guys in their own backyard.

  • sundarc9 on June 18, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Good to know ACB has roped in Murali as their spin consultant. Even though the bowlers will learn a few tricks from the top wicket taker, we cannot expect the Aussie spinners to make much of an impact on the UAE series. Murali helping the Aussie batsmen to cope the spinning ball should show some immediate results. In my opinion ACB should make Murali the coach of the under 16, under 12 boys in their formative years for the cricket world to see quality off spinners of the Kangaroo stable.

  • asiacricket1234 on June 18, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Teams around the world going for SL ex players for help and they make really good mentors too. I wonder why SLC dont make proper use of these guys? Everytime they will go for coaches and stuffs from other countries while they have such talented people in their own country

  • popcorn on June 18, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    This is great news! What I like about our Aussie Think Tank is that they recognize we have a problem area, and they do something about it.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Its high time India hires the services of a Wasim Akram or a Waqar Younis to help our bowlers especially the ones like Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma who can bowl quick... ! They still young and learning their trade and a bit of help from these subcontinental legends would go a long way in ensuring that our fast bowlers dont melt down when faced with alien conditions. Unfortunately, even after playing 50 odd test matches, the same holds true for Ishant Sharma. With age on his side, he can surely turn into the bowler he was expected to become in 2008. Also the like of Jaspreet Bumrah, Sandeep Sharma and other young Indians need to be nurtured to develop a great physique which can ensure an injury free career.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, totally agree on Lyon, but I think the main two reasons are that I'm firstly not sure that bowling doosras whilst wearing an Aussie shirt is no longer taboo. Secondly, most of our more talented young spinners are leggies or left armers and so it is not something they are going to be working on. I think we'll probably need generational change in our selection panel before bowling doosras becomes entirely acceptable.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka's loss is Australia's gain. Murali would have been a great asset to the SL team forming a deadly combination with Marvan, Vaas & Kalpage if the cricket board hired his services. It is unfortunate that our former great & proven cricketers' services are not fully utilized by the board.

  • naamprik on June 18, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    It's a shame that some of the replies do not understand that Warne is not available. Nor do they seem to realize that it doesn't have to be Warne or Murali - it can be both depending on availability and the situation. Suggest listening to Lehmann's CA interview and you will understand better. A good coach also uses a 'horses for courses' approach'. Murali claimed around 2/3 of his Test wickets on sub-continent pitches, so is clearly the world expert on these types of wickets. Also, what can be better than having the two best spin bowlers of all time as mentors. Surely the aussie spinners can only benefit from this broader range of experience. This is one of the smarter moves from Lehmann and CA.

  • dunger.bob on June 18, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @ latecut_04: What they're trying to do is probably next to impossible. I suspect it takes years of playing to fully understand how to bat on Indian/S.C pitches. The main reason I say that is because that's what it normally takes to get comfortable with our bouncier, quicker pitches down here. .. Still, I like the intent behind it and you can't blame us for trying, can you? All that remains is to see if it has any effect in short/medium term.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Hope murali can add a lot of value to aussie spin bowling department...

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Good move by the Aussies. With Lyon learning some variety and the fearsome pace attack Aussies will be a big threat to the Paks in the UAE.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    The Boo's are now Aww's and Wowww's... Ozzzz!!!!

  • razajawahiri on June 18, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    not a good news.warne must be mentor.

  • latecut_04 on June 18, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Seems like CA and Aus cricket management are quite serious and focused regarding dominating the teams all over the world.First I read about CA planning to import soil from India and now this appointment.Spectacular move.if Lehmann is responsible for this hats off to him.This is how you need to nurture, mold and train talent in your country.compare this with India who are still purring about IPL 7and will land in England barely 2 weeks before an all important 5 test match series. Barring Ashes no team plays 5 test match series and how much respect has the BCCI given this opportunity...sigh...desperately hope at least it wont be boring even for the English spectators like last time...and this is from india..please publish

  • Guduji71 on June 18, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Good decision but that won't bring benefits and fruits straight away. These skills can not be taught overnight. Don't expect miracles from Australian spinners just because Murali is a coaching consultant. I can not wait for this series to start.

  • on June 18, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Great to see you in Aussie colours, Murali. Welcome aboard pal.

  • dunger.bob on June 18, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Murali had lots of variations apart from the doosra. I clearly remember him varying his width and pace quite a lot as well as line and length. He didn't like to see a batsman settle into a rhythm so he'd mix it up quite a bit at times. That's where Lyon could use some advice I think. He needs more change-up deliveries and also the nous to know when to use them. Hopefully Murali will be able to help him out with that. .. I'm with @ Jono Makim in that I can't see Lyon bowling a wicked doosra any time soon, or ever. I don't think his architecture is rubbery enough.

  • Kruns on June 18, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @Gary Shea :- Murali is ofcourse better choice over warne ideally cause he has to train there spinners for subcontinent wickets ....

  • mcsdl on June 18, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Haha - Even the Aussies acknowledge the fact that Murali is the greatest spinner ever....

  • on June 18, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    A Very Good Decision by Cricket Australia. Murli Would be Very handy with his Coaching Techniques And Most Importantly he's very Much Familiar with the Pakistani Tracks and their respective Bowling Attack. Hope Aussies will Grab This Opportunity with Murli Fantasy

  • on June 18, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Very happy to hear that and wishing him all the very best!!

  • on June 18, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    An excellent move by Lehmann and Co. I'm not going to be holding my breath waiting for Aussie finger spinners to be bowling unplayable doosra's as I'm not sure that day will come anytime soon, but it would be great if guys like Lyon can take away some other building blocks for his technique and strategy towards bowling on the subcontinent. Our batsmen also stand to benefit greatly, in particular if Murali is going to spend some time bowling at them in the nets, if they can go into the Pakistan series confident of being able to pick Ajmal and with a well thought out batting plan then that enhances our chances greatly.

    Great to have you on board Murali!

  • sidanthan on June 18, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Great to see Aussies learning from their mistakes & move on.It's good for cricket.

  • on June 18, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @Naveed Australia are already ranked #1 in Tests and ODI ha ha.

  • Kruns on June 18, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Great to see Murali getting involved in coaching ...... Australia will benefit a lot from him .... a Master of art known as offspin.........But reading to some comments from here that australia will be a power house etcc.... I agree that they are putting best of efforts to reach there but the time is gone for Aussies and i feel team like India and SA will be the future power house...... But will be interesting to see Aussies Play in Sub continent with the preparation they are making.....

  • himmat on June 18, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Great move by the Aussies.....Murali is the right person for the job !!

  • on June 18, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    I thought Shane Warne was the best option for spinning coach but getting Murali is a bit unsure of a idea in the Australia coaching role, I rather prefer warnie than Murali cause he's a Australian and great cricket brains , true legend of world cricket !

  • on June 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Great Move By The Aussies. Happy To Know That They Have Forgotten The Past And Moving Ahead Like Professionals. Murali Will Definitely Have A Big Impact As Bowling Consultant. Go Aussies. Murali The Legend Very Proud Of You.

  • on June 18, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Credit goes to Lehmann. He has turned fortune of struggling Australian team. He has turned to be outstanding mentor. He has been trying all the possible innovative ideas wether it is importing soil or bringing Great Murali to help their players. Soon Australia will be power house of cricket. Murali, one of the most humble and dedicated players of his era deserve salute for his commitment leaving all the bitter taste of past. Australia-Pakistan would be competitive with presence of Murali around. Seems I am turning into Aussie fan !!! Cricket fan from Nepal !!!

  • NP_NY on June 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Kelum_w: Hmm....that's going a bit far because Murali is not going to be helping Aus for free. He will be a paid professional. Anyway, good on both sides to forget the past and get along.

  • on June 18, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Australia is progressive thinking team. Hired the top spinner as the their coach. I believe Australia will be #1 in Test and ODI.

  • RG2008 on June 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Brilliant, good to see Australia is finally embracing "unconventional" spin - not before time. Can't imagine a better guy for the job (Shane Warne included)!

  • on June 18, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Excellent!! Great move by Australian team management. Goodness, importing soil from India and now hiring Murali before UAE Pakistan series, anyone would think we are finally getting serious about playing good cricket against talented subcontinent teams in their own conditions. Hiring specialists (who have a proven track record and a stature that the players respect) to assist in key areas requiring improvement is so much more than a 1 percenter ... it's a game changer. Confident of significant impact from this move. Thankyou Murali for signing up for the job!

  • tinkertinker on June 18, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Credit should be given to lehmann and murali, both are willing to move on from the past without holding grudges.

    Australia are also showing they aren't like the indian team and just satisfied with dominating at home while getting belted in difficult conditions, it might not work but at least they are trying to improve.

  • on June 18, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    What an irony!!! The same man who was booed and heckled in Australia to such an extent that he vowed never to play there again, has now become its consultant!!! This should settle once for all the debate about Murali's action. He was/is a great spinner with a freak action because of his unusual bone muscle structure. Period. He stands vindicated at last. Salute to a master from an Indian fan.

  • Kelum_w on June 18, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    This shows just how much of a great person Murali is, to forgive, forget and help a country that taunted him for so much of his career. Something for all of us to learn.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 18, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Wow, what a moment. First of all he is a great bowler and will be of a great help to Australia in their tour of Pakistan in spinning conditions. Good for cricket.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 18, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    that's how true #1 team should behave by hiring legend spinner Murli , who know every thing about UAE conditions and Pakistani players have always struggle against Murli where ever he bowled to them. Great to see that both Murli and Aussies have forgot the past and move on into future as professionals which is great for Sri Lankan cricket too. Hope to see great competition from Aussies in UAE this time around.

  • on June 18, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Murali, the right man!! Way to go ..Proud to be a Sri Lankan :)

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  • on June 18, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Murali, the right man!! Way to go ..Proud to be a Sri Lankan :)

  • Nadeem1976 on June 18, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    that's how true #1 team should behave by hiring legend spinner Murli , who know every thing about UAE conditions and Pakistani players have always struggle against Murli where ever he bowled to them. Great to see that both Murli and Aussies have forgot the past and move on into future as professionals which is great for Sri Lankan cricket too. Hope to see great competition from Aussies in UAE this time around.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 18, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Wow, what a moment. First of all he is a great bowler and will be of a great help to Australia in their tour of Pakistan in spinning conditions. Good for cricket.

  • Kelum_w on June 18, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    This shows just how much of a great person Murali is, to forgive, forget and help a country that taunted him for so much of his career. Something for all of us to learn.

  • on June 18, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    What an irony!!! The same man who was booed and heckled in Australia to such an extent that he vowed never to play there again, has now become its consultant!!! This should settle once for all the debate about Murali's action. He was/is a great spinner with a freak action because of his unusual bone muscle structure. Period. He stands vindicated at last. Salute to a master from an Indian fan.

  • tinkertinker on June 18, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Credit should be given to lehmann and murali, both are willing to move on from the past without holding grudges.

    Australia are also showing they aren't like the indian team and just satisfied with dominating at home while getting belted in difficult conditions, it might not work but at least they are trying to improve.

  • on June 18, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Excellent!! Great move by Australian team management. Goodness, importing soil from India and now hiring Murali before UAE Pakistan series, anyone would think we are finally getting serious about playing good cricket against talented subcontinent teams in their own conditions. Hiring specialists (who have a proven track record and a stature that the players respect) to assist in key areas requiring improvement is so much more than a 1 percenter ... it's a game changer. Confident of significant impact from this move. Thankyou Murali for signing up for the job!

  • RG2008 on June 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Brilliant, good to see Australia is finally embracing "unconventional" spin - not before time. Can't imagine a better guy for the job (Shane Warne included)!

  • on June 18, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Australia is progressive thinking team. Hired the top spinner as the their coach. I believe Australia will be #1 in Test and ODI.

  • NP_NY on June 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Kelum_w: Hmm....that's going a bit far because Murali is not going to be helping Aus for free. He will be a paid professional. Anyway, good on both sides to forget the past and get along.