Sri Lanka Cricket hired two Australians, Peter Sleep, and Timothy McCaskill as spin and fast bowling consultants ahead of the three-match tour to West Indies later this month.
The duo has already started work with the preliminary squad which was announced earlier this week.
The 21 man squad will train in Pallekale for two weeks before being reduced to 15 later this month.
Peter Sleep will work with the spinners and McCaskill with the fast bowlers, primarily the ones recovering from injury. McCaskill was hired essentially for his expertise in remodeling bowling actions after major injuries.
Peter Sleep, the former Australian legspinner will work with the spinners, while Cricket Victoria’s High-Performance Manager Timothy McCaskill will work with the squad’s fast bowling unit,” an SLC release said.
“Both were hired as short-term consultants under the recommendation of Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha. Sleep will work with the squad for 15 days, while McCaskill will work for 10 days,” it added.
Sleep, who made is debut before Shane Warne, represented Australia in 14 Tests, accumulating 483 runs and a total of 31 wickets. Both his debut and final match was against Pakistan in Melbourne.
His five-for helped Australia win the Ashes in Sydney in 1986-87.
Moreover, McCaskill has been involved with Cricket Victoria for quite some time. In 2015, he played a key role in reconstructing James Pattinson’s bowling action. Therefore, injury prone bowlers like Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Dammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep will benefit from his expertise.
Earlier this month, Hathurusingha called for a spin bowling coach but a Sri Lanka Cricket appointed consultant Sleep instead. If things go well, SLC may consider retaining Sleep’s services as full-time coach.
Sri Lanka will take on West Indies in three tests, starting on the 6th of June 2018 at Port of Spain. The 3rd and the final Test will be a Day/Night contest.
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