Sri Lanka ‘chucker’ coaches Aussies against his own side
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who was called a chucker by an Australian prime minister, has joined his erstwhile enemy to provide secret tips on how to beat his fellow countrymen.
The visiting Australian cricket team acknowledged that Muralitharan’s "truckload of wickets" (800 Test scalps to be precise) and expertise about Sri Lankan players and conditions should help them score a big success.
The Aussies are not only eying a series win in the three Tests, Five ODIs and two T20s, but reverse their fortunes in the subcontinent where they have been pulverised. Australia lost four-nil in the Test series against India in 2013.
Asked about the inputs from controversial Muralitharan, who retired in 2010, Australian skipper Steve Smith said it was great to have his "insights".
"You know he’s obviously got a lot of experience here in Sri Lanka and he took a truckload of wickets and you know (he) is helping our spinners out.
"So it is great to have someone like that on board with us for this series to give us that insight."
Sri Lanka’s dismal skipper Angelo Mathews played down Muralitharan’s role for the rival side.
"Well I think he is doing a consultancy job and well he is a professional and he is into coaching now," Mathews said.
"So um, well I think helping them out as smithy said he has got a truckload of wickets especially, you know, when a foreign team comes it is a great help for them to get some advice."
Muralitharan was not immediately available for comment and it was not clear how much he was being paid by the Australians to part with Sri Lankan secrets of playing.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann did not appear to be threatened by the former star Muralitharan who was once accused by prime minister John Howard of being a "chucker."
Lehmann said the ex-chucker was getting on famously with the Australians and were was even being inspirational. It is to be seen if any Australians will resort to throwing in Sri Lanka. (COLOMBO, July 14, 2016)