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Oz seek spin lessons from Murali

Once jeered by Australian fans as a 'chucker', the wheel has turned full circle for Muttiah Muralitharan, as he will now coach the next generation of Aussie players in Cricket Australia's bid to shore up the country's spin bowling stock, according to a report.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2011 00:47 IST

Once jeered by Australian fans as a 'chucker', the wheel has turned full circle for Muttiah Muralitharan, as he will now coach the next generation of Aussie players in Cricket Australia's bid to shore up the country's spin bowling stock, according to a report.

The controversial Sri Lankan off-spinner will spend several weeks as a guest coach during an intensive training programme at the Brisbane Centre of Excellence in June.

Muralitharan, who has been repeatedly heckled and even had fruit thrown at him by unruly fans since being no-balled by umpire Darrell Hair in the 1995 Boxing Day Test, will become Australia's potential spin saviour, 'Herald Sun' reported today.

Greg Chappell, who is the only full-time national selector, arranged the visit. "This is a wonderful opportunity... Murali has probably forgotten more about spin bowling than most people will ever know in a lifetime," Chappell said. The depleted spin stocks are one of the most pressing issues facing Australian cricket, with 10 frontline spinners deployed at Test level since Shane Warne retired at the end of the 2006-07 home Ashes series.

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