Hathurusingha named NSW state team batting coach

2020-07-20 at 09:00

Former Sri Lanka Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has joined Australia’s New South Wales state team as the new batting coach.

The former Sri Lanka coach will join ahead of this year’s domestic season with a fairly good know-how of the side, having coached The Blues between 2011 and 2014.

Hathurusingha replaces the outgoing Michael Yardy, who quit from his role last summer.

Hathurusingha adds weigth to an already experienced setup that also includes head coach Phil Jaques, bowling coach Andre Adams and spin coach Anthony Clark.

Hathurusingha said in a statement, “It is one of the best working environments I have experienced being part of NSW. The best part is there is always a lot of talent coming through NSW cricket.”

“I learnt a lot about the culture last time working with established players like Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson and we had young players like Steve Smith, David Warner, Peter Nevill, Moises Henriques and Kurtis Patterson coming through who have gone on to higher honours.”

Hathurusingha’s last assignment was with the national team, a reunion that ended in hostile circumstances, involving an arbitration.

He had a better run with Bangladesh between 2014 and 2017, overseeing their rise as an ODI force which included a run to the World Cup quarterfinal and series wins against India, Pakistan and South Africa.