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Lasith Malinga Appointed As Bowling Strategy Coach Of Sri Lanka For Australia Tour

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga (File pic)

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan fast bowling legend and former captain of the ODI and T20I team, was officially announced as the ‘Bowling Strategy Coach’ of the National Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Lasith Malinga, in his new short-term role as a specialist coach, will support Sri Lanka’s bowlers, providing tactical insight and technical expertise to help the on-field execution of strategic plans.

Sri Lanka Cricket is confident that Lasith Malinga’s vast experience and renowned death-bowling expertise, especially in the T20 format, will help the team immensely going into this series.

Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)
Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)

Lasith Malinga Excited About Opportunity To Share Experience

Lasith Malinga, former pacer will be the Sri Lanka men’s team’s bowling strategy coach during their five-match T20I tour of Australia.

“We have some very talented young bowlers and I am very excited about the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge to help them develop,” Malinga commented after his appointment.

LAsith Malinga
Lasith Malinga(AP Photo)

He was appointed by the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket. The appointment is effective from 1st to 20th February 2022.

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Lasith Malinga has previous experience with such a role. In IPL 2018, he was the Mumbai Indians bowling mentor, before he returned in 2019 as a player. In Sri Lanka, he is reputed for his unconventional approach to bowling, and his strategic thinking – attributes that are believed to have helped him become one of the island’s greatest limited-overs players.

Kusal Mendis AFP
Kusal Mendis AFP

Earlier on Wednesday, Sri Lanka Cricket had also named a squad of 20 cricketers for the T20I series in Australia.

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka was recalled for the first time since being suspended for breaching Covid-19 protocol on the tour of England last year, and Kusal Mendis, who was suspended alongside Danushka Gunathilaka, was also picked.

There was no room, however, for Niroshan Dickwella, the other player whose one-year suspension was lifted earlier this month. The series will be played from February 11 to 20 in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Lasith Malinga, who is undoubtedly the greatest pacer in IPL history has taken record 170 wickets in 122 games he has played. Lasith Malinga started playing for Mumbai Indians in the 2009 season, and last appeared in the 2019 season. His final over in the 2019 final was enough to prove his greatness even at that stage of his career.

Lasith Malinga represented Sri Lanka for more than 15 years across all formats as he picked 101 Test wickets, 338 ODI wickets, and 107 T20I wickets in his career. He played his last international game in March 2020.

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