Samaraweera joins New Zealand
In good news for New Zealand ahead of two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, they have recruited the services of former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera. It is indeed a smart move by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to rope in a man with plenty of experience and he will work with Peter Fulton to share his experience.
Fulton has replaced Craig McMillan as New Zealand’s batting coach and it would be quite interesting to see how they both work together in the build-up to Sri Lanka tour. Appointing Thilan Samaraweera comes as an added advantage for New Zealand as he would help the Kiwis batsmen play spin better in the sub-continent.
Since bidding adieu to the international arena in 2013, Samaraweera has held several coaching assignments globally. He served as the batting coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and fielding coach of Kolkata Knight Riders during the 2018 IPL.
Thilan Samaraweera, who enjoys a good average of over 48 in 81 Test matches worked as the batting coach of Sri Lanka till the ICC World Cup 2019.
Meanwhile, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead welcomed Thilan Samaraweera’s addition and said that they are eagerly waiting to work with him during the Sri Lanka tour.
“We’re delighted to welcome Thilan into our environment for the Test phase of the tour,” he said in a statement Tuesday. His knowledge of Sri Lankan conditions will be invaluable and he’ll offer great assistance to Peter Fulton on his first tour.
Having an extra support coach worked really well for us at the World Cup where we had Luke Ronchi on board, and we’re sure Thilan will also offer a lot to the group,” he added.
The two-match Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka will start at Galle on August 14.
New Zealand squad:
Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Will Somerville, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.