Former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera has been roped in to work with New Zealand during their Test tour of the country this month.

Samaraweera, who averaged 48.76 from 81 Tests, with 14 hundreds, will assist New Zealand’s batsmen as part of the team’s coaching staff for the two-match series that starts from August 14.

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Speaking to the Blackcaps website a day before the first Test in Galle, Samaraweera reflected on his first week with the team, conditions in Galle and nature of the ground being covered for so long, his assessment of how the Kiwi batsmen play spin and working with the coaches to try and pass on his knowledge and skills.

Samaraweera also predicted a tough battle and rates the two-Test series as very even.