Tillakaratne joins Sri Lanka team as batting coach

Cricket bat and ball (Getty Images)
Cricket bat and ball (Getty Images)

Galle - Former Sri Lanka batsman Hashan Tillakaratne has been appointed to the role of temporary batting coach to the national team.

The team currently without a permanent head coach after Graham Ford stepped down following a disappointing Champions Trophy. 

Sri Lanka have not had a permanent batting coach since Marvan Atapattu left the role in 2014 to become the head coach. 

Sri Lanka Cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said: "Hashan has been with us since the recent Test match against Zimbabwe, actually. 

"At this stage, for all the Tests he will be batting coach. Most probably after the Indian series we'll discuss with coach Nic Pothas and see what's happening from there. With all his experience, there is a lot the batsmen can learn from him." 

Tillakaratne joins former team-mate Chaminda Vaas as Sri Lanka's two most recent appointments to the coaching staff. 

The former Test captain scored 4545 runs in 83 Test matches for Sri Lanka between 1989 and 2004.

The 50-year-old was part of Sri Lanka's World Cup winning team in 1996 scoring an unbeaten 70 in a group stage win over India in Delhi. 

In a first class career that stretched over 21 years Tillakaratne scored 13,253 runs at an average of 49.26.  

Sri Lanka meet India in the first of three Tests in Galle with the match getting underway on Wednesday July 26th.

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