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Haddin, Harris in Australia's coaching team for ODI series against Kiwis

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Melbourne, Nov 8 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday confirmed that former wicket-keeper Brad Haddin and former fast bowler Ryan Harris will join national team head coach Darren Lehmann on the coaching staff for the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand away starting on January 30.

With Graeme Hick and David Saker both heading to India early for the preparations ahead of the Test series starting on February 23, Haddin and Harris will act as support staff for fielding and bowling respectively during the series against the neighbours, CA declared in a release.

Lehmann said this was a wonderful opportunity for two former greats of the game. "It's a fantastic opportunity for us to have ex-players of the calibre of Brad and Ryan on board for this tour and continue their involvement in Australian cricket," Lehmann said.

"Both these guys have worked hard on their coaching since leaving the game and thoroughly deserve their opportunity. They will bring a great insight to the team and their appointment highlights some of the depth we have in Australia in the coaching pathway system."

Haddin said he was very excited to be working with the Australian team. "It is going to be great to be back in Australian colours again, albeit as part of the coaching group.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Australia A in Townsville recently and am grateful that coaching has given me the opportunity to remain involved in cricket."

Harris said he relished the chance to work with the team again after his time with the squad during the tour of South Africa.

"South Africa was a great learning experience for me and it was fantastic to be back with the team again. Coaching is something I really enjoy and to be able to continue to be involved with the Australian team is something I can't wait to be a part of again," said Harris.

--IANS

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