Sri Lanka news April 19, 2011

Atapattu appointed Sri Lanka batting coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu has been appointed as the team's batting coach. He will join a training contingent that includes interim coach Stuart Law, Champaka Ramanayaka and Ruwan Kalpage for the tour of England that gets underway next month.

Sri Lanka will name the full-time successor for Trevor Bayliss, whose tenure as coach ended with the World Cup, only after the England tour.

Atapattu's appointment comes a day after Tillakaratne Dilshan was named as the team's captain, following Kumar Sangakkara's resignation. Atapattu played the last of his 90 Tests in November 2007, and also also featured in 268 one-dayers. He played the rebel Indian Cricket League towards the end of his career, before taking over coaching assignments. He was the national coach of the Singapore team for year 2010.