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    Brett Lee has joined Mike Hussey as a former Australian cricketer who has been given a World Cup role with another team.

    Lee will be joining Ireland to coach their bowlers ahead of the tournament, which starts on 14 February, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Earlier this week South Africa confirmed that Michael Hussey will be a consultant for the Proteas for a part of the World Cup.

    Lee was one of the fastest bowlers of his era, claiming 310 wickets in 76 Tests with his 221 one-day internationals yielding 380 wickets.

    Ireland coach Phil Simmons hopes Lee can share his experience as his team aims to defeat a Test nation for the third successive World Cup.

    ‘Brett Lee has a wonderful knowledge of fast bowling, and his special insight of Australian pitches will help give our bowlers further confidence ahead of their group matches,’ said Simmons in a Cricket Ireland statement.


    The International Cricket Council (ICC) told AFP on Friday it’s ready to clamp down on live betting during the World Cup to try and ensure a corruption-free tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

    Perpetrators will be banned from the entire tournament.

    Live betting or “pitch-siding” involves gamblers at sports events gaining an upper hand on their rivals by taking advantage of the short time-lag, usually a matter of seconds, between play and live international broadcasts on television.

    Sir Ronnie Flanagan, head of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit, says the issue is not just about a few clever gamblers getting one over on betting shops.

    ‘I think the risk is that this feeds into a wider and more sophisticated network of illegal betting, often in the Indian sub-continent.’


    The services of Jeremy Snape, former team psychologist for the Proteas, have been snapped up by Sri Lanka for the World Cup.

    It will be Snape’s second stint with the team after he worked with Sri Lanka during their home series against England in November and December last year, reports ESPNcricinfo.

    ‘Jeremy Snape will be with the Sri Lankan team for 14 days, from February 24 to March 9,’ an official release said.

    ‘Jeremy will be able to enhance individual performance of the national team. This move is bound to add value to the system at this crucial stage and will support to derive the maximum output of players to face any challenges in the upcoming World Cup 2015 in particular.’