New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13 October 26, 2012

Vaas to assist NZ bowlers during SL Tests


New Zealand has taken on Chaminda Vaas as their assistant bowling coach for the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka. He will assist Shane Bond, who was appointed bowling coach last week, for the last part of their five-week tour, which begins with the one-off Twenty20 international on October 30.

"We wanted someone with experience in the subcontinent to work with our young bowlers. [Chaminda] Vaas will work alongside bowling coach Shane Bond during the Tests," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson told reporters in Colombo on Friday. "Vaas' extensive playing experience in local conditions will provide valuable input, as we plan and prepare for the Test series. An important part of his brief will be to provide tactical advice to the bowling unit, especially our contingent of left-arm seamers.

"In terms of professional development, it's a great opportunity for Shane Bond to work alongside a different style of coach and I'm sure he'll benefit from the experience."

Vaas, Sri Lanka's second-highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, said he was eager to work with the likes of Doug Bracewell, Chris Martin and Tim Southee, and the left-arm trio - Trent Boult, James Franklin and Neil Wagner.

"I am pleased to have the chance to work with an international team, particularly a side like New Zealand [which has] such a large number of talented young fast bowlers," he said. "I feel my recent experience as a player and understanding of conditions in the subcontinent will benefit the team."

Ahead of their last full tour of Sri Lanka in 2009, New Zealand hired former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq as a consultant, to help their spin bowlers as well as advise the batsmen on how to play spin in the subcontinent, a trend that Hesson, the new man in charge, has followed.

"When we tour a number of countries, we try to access specialists," Hesson said. "When we play in the subcontinent the conditions are very foreign, so we need to learn. We try to take every opportunity that we can. We are very open to get people on short term basis and hopefully it will work."

Following the one-off T20 and the five-match ODI series, the Test series begins in Galle on November 17.

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  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I am sad that SLC never took the experience of Vaas to teach our budding fast bowlers. But I'm happy that NZ board understands the value of this man.

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    SC Ganguly* c Jayasuriya b Vaas 3 13 0 0 23.07 SR Tendulkar c & b Vaas 5 11 0 0 45.45 Yuvraj Singh c Sangakkara b Vaas 3 8 0 0 37.50 VG Kambli c Jayasuriya b Vaas 3 15 0 0 20.00 HK Badani c Arnold b Zoysa 9 17 1 0 52.94 RR Singh b Muralitharan 11 38 1 0 28.94 V Dahiya† b Muralitharan 4 14 0 0 28.57 SB Joshi run out (Sangakkara) 4 11 1 0 36.36 AB Agarkar b Muralitharan 2 10 0 0 20.00 Z Khan c †Kaluwitharana b Vaas 1 14 0 0 7.14 BKV Prasad not out 3 10 0 0 30.00 Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 2) 6

    Total (all out; 26.3 overs) 54 (2.03 runs per over) Fall of wickets 1-8 (Ganguly, 2.6 ov), 2-10 (Tendulkar, 4.2 ov), 3-15 (Yuvraj Singh, 6.5 ov), 4-19 (Kambli, 8.2 ov), 5-30 (Badani, 11.5 ov), 6-39 (Dahiya, 17.3 ov), 7-44 (Singh, 19.4 ov), 8-49 (Joshi, 21.3 ov), 9-50 (Agarkar, 23.1 ov), 10-54 (Khan, 26.3 ov) Bowling O M R W Econ WPUJC Vaas 9.3 1 14 5 1.47 DNT Zoysa 7 0 21 1 3.00 (2nb, 2w) K Weeraratne 4 0 11 0 2.75 M Muralitharan 6 3 6 3 1.00

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @ Indianpunjabi : Shewag ended Vaas's career ? Is it April 1st today? Seriously is that the type of sports news they spread all over India? It was the SL Cricket board which ended his career 'coz they felt there are too many fastbowlers in SL squad ! But we all know that Sanath Jayasuriya ended V. Prasad's career & Saeed Anwar ended Abey Kuruvilla's career !

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Vaas is one of the best bowlers ever and these silly Indians are talking nonsence.Sehwag is just a slogger and Vaas got the better of him many times.Sachin was his bunny for years.Indian flat track bullies have been once bowled out for 50 odd in an ODI by Murali and Vaas combo.SL scored 299 in same pitch).Its Sanath who ended careers of countless indian bowlers like V.Prasad , Jawagal Shreenath , Manoj Praba and RP Sing !

  • bharath74 on October 28, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Vaas was superb in his days, SL underutilized him.

  • Biju on October 28, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Vaas is one of the greatest sub continent bowlers who was always given a shabby treatment by SL BOARD, Mahela and Sanga. He was pushed into retirement by these people. He still looks good enough to bowl at top level. good news that NZ will use his services which has lot of left arm seamers. He has also come across as a gentleman on and off the field with no controversies. Good luck VAAS ... SL don't know what they have missed....

  • Irfan on October 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi dude Vaas was just an ordinary bowler? are you serious? i think is the second all time best bowler in sri lanka has ever produced and i think its an unfortunate we didnt get his services. no one ended his carrier and dude new zealanders are not idiots they know about cricket. thats the reason why they went for chaminda rather than going for an indian bowler. chaminda is known for taking wickets in the first over tell me one indian bowler who know for that. you cant compare vaas with others cos he is one of a kind.

  • chamitha on October 28, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi , not sure about that but we all know Jayasuriya ended 2 premier indian bowler's career in late 90's.(manoj prabhakar & venkatesh prasad)

  • Cricket on October 28, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    This kiwi team will surprise Sri Lankans and will certainly not lose the series. Only threat they have is Mendis if he is playing and to an extent the left arm spinner who has started bowling better straight one's and carrom ball.

  • Indian on October 27, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Sehwag Ended Vass's Carrier...Vaas was just an ordinary bowler he failed miserably in Aus,SA and India which is why lanka didnt win any test there

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