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Australia will most likely tour Pakistan without a specialist spin coach.

For the first time in nearly a decade, Australia is likely to embark on a Test tour to the subcontinent without a specialist spin coach or consultant. It has been learned that assistant coach Sridharan Sriram, who has largely filled that role since 2016, will not accompany the team to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a Cricket Australia (CA) spokesperson confirmed that they have been in talks with former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori to fill the position on an interim basis. However, with only a few days until Patrick Cummins and company depart for the historic tour, it appears unlikely that a deal will be reached in time. The last time an Australian team went to that part of the world without a specialist on their support staff was the ill-fated 2013 tour of India when they were swept by a 4-0 margin.

 

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Vettori, who has coached in a variety of T20 leagues throughout the world and in The Hundred, has been approached by Australia on several occasions to assist its players with the subcontinental difficulty of bowling and batting against spin. Vettori had spoken to the Australian spinners ahead of their last visit to the subcontinent, which took place in 2017, and Sriram had aided them during the four-Test series. Vettori’s most recent international appointment was as the spin bowling coach for Bangladesh from 2019 to 2021.

This follows Justin Langer’s resignation, which left the coaching team with a personnel shortage. With Sriram returning home after the T20I series against Sri Lanka, and Vettori still undecided, interim head coach Andrew McDonald and the rest of his coaching team, which includes Michael Di Venuto and Jeff Vaughan in Pakistan, will have an increased burden.