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Last Updated Monday March 27 2017 06:08 AM IST

Australia hire Sriram as spin consultant for India tour

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Sridharan Sriram Sridharan Sriram. File photo: PTI

Melbourne: To counter India in spin-friendly conditions in the upcoming Test series, Cricket Australia has hired former India tweaker Sridharan Sriram as spin consultant. 

Sriram, who played eight ODIs for India between March, 2000, and December, 2004, had assisted the Australian team on the Sri Lanka tour as well as the World Twenty20 in India last year. 

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"Sri has worked with us on a number of occasions now all across our pathway system and he is currently in Dubai with our Under-16 team providing his expertise on sub-continental conditions. He knows our players very well and has a wealth of knowledge on the conditions that our players will face in India," Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager Team Performance, said in a release. 

The 40-year-old Sriram, who claimed nine ODI wickets with his left-arm spin in his career, is excited to be a part of the four-Test series, beginning in Pune on February 23. 

"I consider it a great honor to be given the opportunity to work with the Australian team once again. I really look forward to adding value and contributing to a winning cause, against a quality opposition. India is regarded as one of the toughest places to tour as a Test playing nation and I am looking forward to the challenge," he said.

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