Shane Warne joins as spin consultant for Australia
Shane Warne last played for Australia against England at Sydney in 2007 © Getty Images

 

Jan 23, 2014

 

Former Australian legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has been appointed as a consultant to head coach Darren Lehmann, helping him prepare the team for ICC World Twenty20 2015 starting in March.

 

He will be providing specialist coaching to the spin bowlers selected in the Twenty 20 squad.

 

In a statement issued by Cricket Australia, Lehmann said, “We believe our national teams can really benefit from more specific skill-based coaching as and when it is needed. This will mean that from time to time we will enlist the support of experts in their craft to work with our players and share their experiences.”

 

“In the case of the ICC World Twenty 20, we believe spin bowling will be critical to success. There’s no better person than Shane to help guide the spinners we select in that squad.

 

“He was a gifted cricketer and remains passionate about spin bowling and seeing our players be the best that they can be. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

 

Warne himself was happy to be back as a part of the Australian team.

 

He said, “I’m excited to be working with Australia’s spinners in South Africa. I’m looking forward to helping them with some intense bowling preparation ahead of the World Twenty 20, where we’ll specifically work on tactics and mindset.”

 

Australia will play three T20 against South Africa in early March where they will assemble for the lead-up to the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.