Muralitharan’s stint as Oz coach ends

The build-up of the Sri Lanka – Australia series has been dominated by controversy, with Sri Lanka’s cricket bosses angry at spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan for helping the Australian cricketers ahead of the three-Test series.

Muralitharan, who is the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests with 800 wickets in 133 games, was accused by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala for helping the Australians use a practice pitch in Colombo without permission. The offspinner was also reportedly involved in a bust-up with a former colleague.

Now, in a Sydney Morning Herald report, Cricket Australia have said that the spat over Muralitharan’s involvement in the series has been resolved, with his stint as Australian bowling consultant ending prior to the start of the first Test in Pallekele.

Before the start of the series, Muralitharan was appointed as the bowling consultant for the duration of Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka, which consists of three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

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