New South Wales got a major breakthrough in their hunt for a new batting coach after they persuaded Chandika Hathurusingha to join their support staff ahead of this year’s domestic season. The former Bangladesh and Sri Lanka coach will arrive with a fairly good know-how of the side, having coached The Blues between 2011 and 2014.

Hathurusingha replaces the outgoing Michael Yardy, who quit from his role last summer and has since taken up a role with Kent closer to home. Hathurusingha’s coaching heft adds to an already experienced setup that also includes head coach Phil Jaques, bowling coach Andre Adams and spin coach Anthony Clark.

“It is one of the best working environments I have experienced being part of NSW,” Hathurusingha said in a statement. “The best part is there is always a lot of talent coming through NSW cricket. I learnt a lot about the culture last time working with established players like Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson and we had young players like Steve Smith, David Warner, Peter Nevill, Moises Henriques and Kurtis Patterson coming through who have gone on to higher honours.

“Coaching at international level has given me a lot of confidence in my methods and I’m looking forward to bringing that experience to the Blues.”

Hathurusingha’s last assignment was with his home team Sri Lanka, a reunion that ended in acrimonious circumstances, involving an arbitration. He had a better run with Bangladesh between 2014 and 2017, overseeing their rise as an ODI force which included a run to the World Cup quarterfinal and series wins against India, Pakistan and South Africa.

“He’s been an international coach who has worked with some of the best players in the world. It’s fantastic for our group that we have someone of Chandi’s experience and he’s worked with NSW before so he understands our culture. He’s a great addition to our coaching staff.” Jaques said.