Sri Lanka Ropes in Avishka Gunawardene as Interim Batting Coach
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have added Avishka Gunawardene as an interim batting coach ahead of the second Test against Australia starting from February 1 at the Gabba. Meanwhile, the visitor’s trail 1-0 in the two-match Test series.
Gunawardene, who was the head coach of the A side will work with the national team until the return of incumbent coach Jon Lewis, who is on leave to attend to a family matter. However, this is Avishka Gunawardene’s second stint with the national team after he served as the batting coach in 2017. He has been serving as the batting coach of the Islanders’ A side since May 2016.
Gunawardene, a former opening batsman for Sri Lanka who’s played 6 Tests and 61 ODIs for Sri Lanka will leave for Australia tonight and will stay until the end of the second Test. SLC took to Twitter to announce the news of Avishka Gunawardene taking over the batting coach’s role on an interim basis.
“SLC appointed ‘A’ team coach Avishka Gunawardene as the batting coach of the national team, until the return of Jon Lewis, who is on leave to attend a family matter. Gunawardene will fly to Australia tonight and will remain with the side until the conclusion of the second Test,” they wrote on Twitter.
The appointment of a batting coach was one of the many problems Sri Lanka is facing currently. They are missing their first-choice fast bowlers due to injury and had to draft in uncapped Chamika Karunaratne. In addition to, they have also removed Chandika Hathurusingha from his duties as a selector-on-tour.
The visiting side have an uphill task at hand to finish the Test series at 1-1 after losing the first encounter by an innings and 40 runs.