Warne signs on as Australia’s spin consultant

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“We’ll specifically work on tactics and mindset”

Former Australia spin king Shane Warne will help coach the spinners in the Twenty20 team from early March in preparation for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh later that month.

Cricket Australia described Warne’s role as a “consultant providing specialist coaching to the spin bowlers”.

“We believe our national teams can really benefit from more specific skill-based coaching as and when it is needed,” Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said. “This will mean that from time to time we will enlist the support of experts in their craft to work with our players and share their experiences.

“In the case of the ICC World Twenty 20, we believe spin bowling will be critical to success. There’s no better person than Shane to help guide the spinners we select in that squad. He was a gifted cricketer and remains passionate about spin bowling and seeing our players be the best that they can be. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Speaking about his decision to help Australia’s spinners use the spin-friendly conditions in Bangladesh to their advantage, Warne said: “I’m excited to be working with Australia’s spinners in South Africa. I’m looking forward to helping them with some intense bowling preparation ahead of the World Twenty 20, where we’ll specifically work on tactics and mindset.”

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