Muralidaran joins Australian cricket camp
Muralidaran joins Australian cricket camp

He has been jeered by Australian crowds. But now Muttiah Muralidaran has joined the national cricket team.

The retired Sri Lankan spinner, whose controversial action antagonised local fans, has been appointed a consultant to the Australian squad in the leading to Tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

It is believe Muralidaran will work in a similar capacity to that fulfilled by Shane Warne before the recent series in South Africa.

“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.”

Muralidaran took a world record 800 Test wickets but Australian cricket watchers best remember him for his suspicious bowling action.

He was no-balled for throwing by Australian umpires Darrell Hair during a 1995 tour of Australia.

The 42-year-old later worked with bio-mechanists at the University of WA and his action was cleared by the ICC.

Australian batsmen have had trouble playing the doosra delivery for which Muralidaran was renowned and fear the effect Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal could have on the Test series.

“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 on the CA website.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann was excited about what Muralidaran could bring to the national squad.

The West Australian

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