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Harris, Haddin to mentor Australia in New Zealand

Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin will be back together in the Australia setup Getty Images

Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin will join Australia's coaching staff for the Chappell-Hadlee Series in New Zealand early next year, with batting coach Graeme Hick and bowling coach David Saker instead flying to India ahead of time to prepare for Australia's four-Test tour.

Australia play three ODIs in New Zealand from January 30 to February 5, and the first Test against India begins in Pune on February 23. Head coach Darren Lehmann will be with the one-day squad in New Zealand but Hick and Saker will be part of an advance party to India with their focus on the longer form of the game.

Harris, who retired on the eve of the 2015 Ashes series, will serve as bowling coach, having previously performed that function during this year's one-day tour of South Africa. Haddin, whose official retirement was announced in September last year, will serve as a fielding mentor during the New Zealand trip, having also coached during this winter's Australia A series.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for us to have ex-players of the calibre of Brad and Ryan on board for this tour and continue their involvement in Australian cricket," Lehmann said. "Both these guys have worked hard on their coaching since leaving the game and thoroughly deserve their opportunity

Haddin said: "It is going to be great to be back in Australian colours again, albeit as part of the coaching group . I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Australia A in Townsville recently and am grateful that coaching has given me the opportunity to remain involved in cricket.

Harris said: "South Africa was a great learning experience for me and it was fantastic to be back with the team again. Coaching is something I really enjoy and to be able to continue to be involved with the Australian team is something I can't wait to be a part of again."