Australia has stepped up their preparation for World T20 which is about five months away from now. They signed former Indian cricketer Sridharan Sriram, who will help their preparation for the ICC World T20 2016 in India, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday.
Sriram had played eight ODIs for India between 2000 and 2004. He already worked the Australia A on their tour of India earlier this year and he was slated to travel Bangladesh in October before the tour was cancelled at the final hour due to a security threat.
The 39-year-old former player will work with the Australia side during their three warm-up matches against South Africa prior to their arrival in India for the March-April tournament.
Meanwhile, former Australian batsman world cup winning cricketer Mike Hussey will also work with the side for two weeks of the tournament. Australia wants his experience of playing in IPL.
“Sriram’s focus will be on getting the players as prepared as possible for what they will face in India,” Cricket Australia’s Pat Howard said in a news release.
“Mike has been one of our most successful players at transitioning between the different formats and his advice and support in this area will be of great benefit to the players who have played a large amount of Test and ODI cricket in the last 12 months.”
Australia have played one T20 international in 2015, with triumphant 50 over World Cup campaign and Test cricket taking priority.
Australia are yet to win the World T20. Their players traditionaly struggled to combat spin bowling on the low pitches of Indian sub continent.
“As a proud Australian cricketer I am delighted to be involved in Australia’s campaign for the World T20 title,” said Hussey.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the boys and assisting in any way possible with their preparation and match day plans.”
Australia will open their campaign against New Zealand in Dharamsala on March 18. Host India will take on Australia on March 27 in Mohali.