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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 5.55 GMT

Murali to coach Aussie juniors


Muttiah Muralitharan will sign on as a guest spin coach to help Australia' young spinners.

The Daily Telegraph revealed Murali will spend several weeks at the Brisbane-based Centre of Excellence in June for intensive training with rising Australian spinners.

Test cricket's greatest wicket-taker will not only impart the secrets of his spin wizardry but also record a spin coaching tutorial so his extraordinary knowhow will be passed on to future generations of Australian spinners.

Australian great Greg Chappell, one-time Indian coach and Australia's only full-time selector, masterminded Murali's visit by using his extensive network of contacts in the subcontinent, The Daily Telegraph said.
"This is a wonderful opportunity ... Murali is one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, we are very, very lucky," Chappell told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

"It is not just Murali's obvious physical skill that will be a huge benefit for our young spinners.

"It is also his mental toughness, his cleverness, his cunning and his ability to be able to set a batsman up and bowl 10-15 overs to a plan."
Murali's visit will also be invaluable for Australia's batsmen as his action will be recorded live and downloaded on the Academy's pro-batter video machine so batsmen can face a "virtual Murali" on the video-wall machine which mimics any bowler in the world.

Warne and former Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mustaq both had brief guest stints at the Centre of Excellence but Murali's visit - not long after he farewells international cricket at the 50-over World Cup starting this month - is positive news that Australian cricket desperately needs, the report added.

Chappell said Murali's coaching role would be confirmed once details were finalised in the next few weeks.







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