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Sri Lankan spin king Muthiah Muralidaran has joined Australia's coaching team to help the squad prepare for its Test series against Pakistan.

The world's most successful Test bowler will join the Australian squad ahead of the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

The signing is a coup given Muralidaran's knowledge of the doosra delivery which has long baffled the Australians and with Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal among the game's most potent mystery spinners.

"I'm very much excited; I know the Australian team is a very good side, but hopefully I can have a little bit of input to help them do well in the series against Pakistan," Muralidaran told the Cricket Australia website.

"Those conditions might help spinners and I know a few tricks that might help them on what to do as I have played a lot of matches in those conditions in the UAE and hopefully I can help them a little bit."

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said Muralidaran's role would be similar to that filled by fellow spin legend Shane Warne on the recent tour of South Africa.BREAKING: Muralidaran signs with Cricket Australia (VIDEO)

He said the 42-year-old, who has endured a famously chequered relationship with Australia since his controversial second Test here in 1995, would also mentor incumbent Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

The pair are currently working together in Sri Lanka.

The month-long series against Pakistan is expected to favour spin bowlers after Ajmal destroyed England's batting during their 2012 tour in the UAE, capturing 24 wickets in three Tests at less than 15 runs apiece.

"Ajmal is a difficult customer for all the best batsmen in the world, but he bowls a little bit similar to me so perhaps if I can bowl to the Australian batsman it might help a little bit and give them some tips", Muralidaran said.

"Nathan Lyon has been bowling brilliantly but hopefully I can help him a little bit on how to bowl in these subcontinent conditions, on how to use the conditions and how to set up the field."

Lehmann said the fact that Australia has won just a solitary Test series in India (in 2004) in more than 40 years highlighted the need to address the nation's batting frailties against spin bowling and the effectiveness of their spinners on the subcontinent.(AAP)
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  • Srian de Silva Wednesday, 18 June 2014 05:03 AM

    Will Darrel tear out his Hair!!!!!!!!!!!

    SL Wednesday, 18 June 2014 05:04 AM

    Congrats Murali. Proud to be an Sri Lankan.

    Mohamed A Wednesday, 18 June 2014 05:14 AM

    So he's not chucking mow

    Sameera Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:46 AM

    murali said he will not visit Australia again look at him now... just like our politicians

    Public Thursday, 19 June 2014 05:29 AM

    Looking for asylum status.

    Russell von Bergheim Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:52 AM

    So Murali has the last laugh!

    pematilaka Friday, 20 June 2014 08:29 AM

    Sameera Do not worry! He will not be a visitor, but stay there.

    malij Friday, 20 June 2014 01:12 PM

    This confirms, with Hair or without Hair, Murali's balls are fair.

    Sj Thursday, 19 June 2014 11:52 AM

    Money talks...poor fella has no respect.

    Dushanth Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:51 AM

    Common guy's it's not the time to revenge them. End of the day we should be proud of him (Srilankan).

    Saman Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:43 AM

    Money money money!!!!

    old citizenl Wednesday, 18 June 2014 04:40 AM

    Once a chucker to the Aussies now a bowling coach ,what a turn around.


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