LONDON: Pakistan off-spin great Saqlain Mushtaq is set for another spell as an England coaching consultant, highlighting how fluid national allegiances can become when a cricketer's playing days are over.
SYDNEY: Australia has built an artificial pitch at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to help its batsmen deal with spin-bowling on the slow tracks of the subcontinent, where they have so often struggled in the past.
MELBOURNE: Australia has hired leading test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan as a spin bowling consultant as the team prepares for October's test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The world's top-ranked test side boasts one of the world's strongest pace attacks but has struggled to unearth a world class spinner since the 2007 retirement of Shane Warne. Offspinner Nathan Lyon, who has 112 test wickets at an average of 32.99, is currently Australia's leading slow bowler, but will be given some special…