Hesson is expecting big things from Muralitharan
Sri Lanka bowling legends Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas will be helping the New Zealand team when they tour their country of origin later this month.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand will square off in a one-off Twenty20 International on October 30 before playing two Test matches and five ODIs.
Muralitharan will be part of the team management for the series, while Vaas will be an assistant to newly appointed bowling coach Shane Bond.
According to Stuff.co.nz, Vaas is still under contract in Sri Lanka, but has agreed to help the Black Caps throughout this series.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson announced that he was ecstatic to have both bowlers on his side for the series and hoped that they would help the national team pick up a much-needed win.
Vaas is expected to help train and develop the bowling of Trent Boult, James Franklin and Neil Wagner, who are the three left-arm pace bowlers in the national team, throughout the series.
Hesson is counting on Muralitharan to help strengthen New Zealand’s spin department, which is in dire need of help.
With New Zealand having four spin bowlers in both their limited overs and Test teams, Hesson added that Muralitharan’s expertise on the conditions in Sri Lanka would be a big help.