Barry Richards SL's batting coach for England tour
Former South African opener Barry Richards has been roped in by Sri Lanka as
batting coach for its tour of England beginning next week, a Cricket Board
Richards, 52, is a familiar figure in cricketing circles here, having had an
earlier stint as batting coach in 1998, just before Sri Lanka toured South
Africa. He also conducted a two-week programme for Sri Lankan batsmen last
Richards will be providing specialised technical assistance in batting,
while former Australian Dave Whatmore will continue to be the national
coach, a Board spokesman said.
Respected as one of the most gifted batsmen the game has known, Richards
could play in only four Tests before his country was isolated from world
sport due to its apartheid policy. But even in those four Tests, he scored
two centuries to aggregate 508 at a stupendous average of 72.57. He,
however, moved to England and Australia and in a span of two decades scored
28,358 runs in first class cricket including 80 centuries.
Sri Lanka frequently brings in overseas experts for coaching and technical
consultancy. Former Western Australia and Kent coach Darryl Foster, who has
been associated with development efforts in Sri Lankan cricket in the past,
is another potential overseas consultant in the bowling department.
The Sri Lankan team leaves for England on April 21 for a three-Test series
beginning on April 26.