Sriram, who now coaches in the Indian Premier League, shared his subcontinent expertise during Australia A’s tour of India in July and August and will be used again for next month’s two-match Qantas Test tour of Bangladesh.
“I think thats something Im going to have to adapt to with my captaincy. In places on the subcontinent youve got to find ways to get batsmen out, you might have to bore them out”, Smith told reporters here on Saturday. “I want to see the boys go to Bangladesh and have success and I’m pretty sure they will – there’s plenty of talent in that team – so now it’s just going to take time for them to play together and build that camaraderie”. “So you might have to be more defensive with that and when the ball starts to spin and reverse swing, thats when you can attack”.
Sridharan Sriram is all set to join the Australian team as a coaching consultant.
Unused for a lot of the Ashes, Siddle underlined his high quality with six wickets in Australia’s comfort win in the fifth check at The Oval and can be essential for Smith’s hopes of a maiden collection win away. Khawaja has played nine Tests, the last of which was in the 2013 Ashes, and is making a comeback from a severe knee injury he suffered in December 2014.
Fekete made the squad for Bangladesh because Australia rested fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood from the tour. The 39-year-old worked as a consultant with the Australian A team when they recently toured India and has been rewarded for his work as the visitors trumped India A 1-0 in the two-match series.
Sriram mingled with the likes of skipper Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft during his involvement with the A squad and with the trio being selected for the trip to Bangladesh, the Australian cricket authorities are of the opinion that Sriram’s familiarity with the squad’s newcomers as well as his long experience of playing in the subcontinent where the majority of the pitches are spin friendly, will come in handy.
“A big part of my game, especially in Australian conditions, has been reverse swing”, Siddle said.
“I think about my test debut and [you can ask] was I good enough then?”