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#Legend: England set sights on Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardena for coaching role

England’s recent run of success with New Zealand and the opening Test of The Ashes – in particular the player’s aggressive mindset – has been attributed to the team’s two new coaches Paul Fabrace and Trevor Bayliss.

The duo enjoyed tremendous success with the Sri Lanka team and now it appears that they will be bringing one of Sri Lanka’s greatest batsmen to the fore to help England along a little bit more.

According to reports, right-hand batsman Mahela Jayawardena could be joining the England coaching staff provided England’s team director Andrew Strauss agrees.

Jayawardena, 38, enjoyed tremendous success during his storied 18-year career and was known not only as one of the most stylish and prolific players to grace the game but also as a shrewd tactician. 

According to ESPNCricinfo Bayliss is keen to tap into Jayawardena’s experience in South Asian conditions.

After the ongoing Ashes series and a tour to South Africa, England will play Pakistan in the UAE and embark on tours to India and Bangladesh.

Next year’s World T20 tournament will also be held in India.

Confirming that Jayawardena had been contacted, an ECB spokesman suggested that he was not being viewed as a potential replacement for batting coach Mark Ramprakash.

Instead he would be used as a consultant.

The news will doubtless disappoint Jayawardene’s legions of Lankan fans. 

With Jayawardena and his fellow stalwart Kumar Sangakkara retiring from all forms of cricket in quick succession, Sri Lanka are in a period of transition.

However, both players – two great servants of the game in Sri Lanka – have always been reluctant to become too involved in the administration of the game on the Island which is racked by politics.

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