Australia spin coach exits cricket team

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Australia have lost their subcontinental-based spin coach with Sridharan Sriram to leave the men's team and take up a role in the IPL.

Sriram, who has worked with the Australian team for six years dating back to the Darren Lehmann era, has opted to take on a job at Royal Challengers Bangalore.

A former allrounder in white-ball cricket for India, Sriram worked mostly with spinners but also had a role in preparing Australia's batters on turning wickets and in fitness and strategy.

He was however absent on Australia's most recent Test series in Sri Lanka and was unable to enter Pakistan for that March tour as an Indian national.

Australia have also since brought former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori on in that time, who worked closely with Nathan Lyon in Sri Lanka.

Still, the change marks another shift in Australia's coaching staff since the exit of Justin Langer and Andrew McDonald's appointment as coach.

In the time since Langer's February departure, Vettori and Andre Borovec have replaced Jeff Vaughan as assistants while a new physio and psychologist have also been brought in.

"After being on the road for six years it's with a heavy heart I have decided to move on from my current role," Sriram said.

"I feel this is an opportune moment keeping in mind the team, giving them enough time to prepare for two World Cups and the World Test Championship.

"It has been a great experience for me working across formats, World Cups, and Ashes and I have come out incredibly richer in knowledge."

Sriram last worked with Australia during the home summer, while also playing a crucial role in their Twenty20 World Cup win in the UAE last year.

His influence on Adam Zampa in those conditions was noticeable, while Glenn Maxwell, Marnus Labuschagne, and Mitchell Swepson are among others to work closely with him.

"I love working with Sri," Zampa said.

"He's someone I have a lot of respect for and his work ethic and knowledge of the game have been invaluable to my career in recent years."

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