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Mahela Jayawardene in talks with ECB over short-term role

Former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene is currently in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board about becoming their batting coach on a short-term contract later this year.

England will play three Tests, four ODIs and three T20 Internationals against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, which gets underway in October.

England’s current full-time batting coach Mark Ramprakash will keep his role but the ECB have approached Jayawardene, who is thought to be on a short-term role for the autumn series with Pakistan.

“We have had some initial conversations around a possible short-term role at the start of the UAE tour – given his familiarity with the conditions,” an ECB spokesman revealed. “Nothing has been agreed at this stage.”

With the World T20 to be held in India next year, the Three Lions are hoping to benefit from the 38-year-old prolific batsman in the asian conditions.

Jayawardene has scored 25,957 runs in all formats before retiring from an international cricket earlier this year. He played his final ODI match against South Africa in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup.

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