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Ex Sri Lankan coach Hathurusingha joins coaching staff at New South Wales Blues

Former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha joined Phil Jaques as an assistant at the New South Wales Blues Monday.

It is the second stint for the experienced former opening batsman at the Sydney-based club, who was sacked by Sri Lanka last year following their lackluster World Cup campaign. He held a similar role from 2011 and 2014.

“It is one of the best working environments I have experienced being part of NSW,” he said. “The best part is there is always a lot of talent coming through NSW cricket.”

In his previous stint, Hathurusingha worked with the likes of established Test players Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson, along with emerging talents Steve Smith and David Warner.

He mentored current coach Jaques during the last season of his playing career with the Blues.

“It’s fantastic for our group that we have someone of Chandi’s experience and he’s worked with NSW before so he understands our culture,” Jaques said.

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“He’s been an international coach who has worked with some of the best players in the world.”

Hathurusingha played 26 Tests for Sri Lanka between 1991 and 1999 as a compact right-hand batsman, and was also a handy medium-pace bowler.

He was appointed Sri Lanka coach in December 2017 after a successful three-year spell in charge of Bangladesh, but departed after last year’s World Cup where they finished sixth.

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