SL vs AUS: Veteran fast bowler and former white-ball captain Lasith Malinga has returned to the national team. But he will not be playing for the team. However, he will play the role of “bowling mentor.” Sri Lanka will be playing a five-T20I match series against Australia, starting on February 11th. And Lasith Malinga will be coaching the bowling unit of Sri Lanka and sharing his experience.

Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from the T20s on September 14, 2021. Earlier, he had already retired from Tests and ODIs in the years 2011 and 2016 respectively.

Mahela Jayawardene, the former skipper, is operating as a Sri Lankan cricket consultant. According to the source, he is the one who recommended Malinga for this position to the Sri Lanka Cricket board. And now SLC has officially confirmed his appointment as a “bowling mentor.”
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Experienced as a Bowling Coach

Malinga has experience working for the IPL team Mumbai Indians as a relevant bowling coach. In 2014. Lasith Malinga was associated with the Mumbai Indians for 12 years, during which he assumed different roles for the franchise. From being their main strike bowler to master strategist, from bowling coach to mentor-excelling in each one of them.

Malinga led the Sri Lanka team to victory in the T20I World Cup in 2014. That’s the main reason that the Sri Lanka Cricket Board wants to use his experience for their cricket team. 

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a release,

“Malinga, in his new short-term role as a specialist coach, will support Sri Lanka’s bowlers. He will be providing tactical insight and technical expertise to help the on-field execution of strategic plans. SLC is confident that Malinga’s vast experience and renowned death-bowling expertise, especially in the T20 format, will help the team immensely going into this series.”

Malinga said on his appointment as the bowling mentor, “We have some very talented young bowlers. And I am very excited about the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge to help them develop.” 

Sri Lanka Tour of Australia

Sri Lanka will travel to Australia in February 2022 to contest the five T20 international match series. The bilateral series between the two sides will begin with the first T20I at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on February 11, 2022. Sri Lanka will move to The Gabba, Brisbane, for the second T20I on February 13, 2022.

The third T20I will take place at Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, on February 15, 2022. Afterward, the fourth and fifth T20 will be held at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, and Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, on February 18, and February 20, 2022.

SL vs AUS: SLC announced the Squad for the Tour

The 20-member Sri Lankan squad for the five-match Twenty20 series against Australia.

Dashun Shanaka (captain), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nishanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kushal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamika Karunaratne, Mahesh Thiksena, Dushmanta Chamera, Kamil Mishra, Prabin Jaya. , Janith Lianange, Binura Fernando, Jeffrey Vanderse and Shiran Fernando.

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