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    Jonty Rhodes will help Sri Lanka sharpen up their fielding ahead of their home series against Pakistan.

    The 45-year-old arrived for a 10-day stint ahead of the series which starts next month.

    ‘Jonty Rhodes will educate the coaches apart from the national cricketers and other national, development and junior teams on the latest techniques of fielding,’ Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

    Sri Lanka will host Pakistan for three tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals from June 17-August 1. – Reuters


    Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the new head coach of England ahead of this year’s Ashes series.

    The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach succeeds the sacked Peter Moores, having been preferred to his compatriot Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, who was the initial favourite for the job.

    ‘Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game,’ said the ECB’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss in a press release.

    Currently coach of New South Wales, Bayliss will take charge of England in time for the start of their home Ashes series against Australia in July. – AFP