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Kiwis ask Murali for spin help

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has revealed that they have asked Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan to provide some specialist spin coaching.

The Kiwis are not well equipped in terms of playing spin, flailing badly against India in their two Tests earlier this year, while their spin bowlers aren't exactly world class. So the coach is hoping Murali will be able to lend some advice to both their bowlers and batsmen ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka in November..

Meanwhile, former Black Caps fast bowler Shane Bond has been appointed as the permanent bowling coach following Damien Wright's departure at the end of the World Twenty20. But Hesson is eager to provide some expert help.

Hesson said of the situation with Muralitharan: "We haven't been able to firm things up but we're also looking into the possibility of another specialist coach.

"We've got some guys lined up but they add to the mix and help Shane in terms of his development - and also the players.

"We play half of our cricket in the sub-continent and even now the West Indies' conditions are very sub-continental. We'll get exposed to a lot of spin, and in this series 70-80 percent of our overs we face will be spin-based.

"How well we adapt and how well we play them will dictate the outcome."

Bond, who concedes he is not a spin expert, told Television New Zealand: "That (spin bowling) is an area of weakness I think. In terms of technique, psychology and playing under the pressure it is all the same bowling seam and pace.

"It is probably more getting into the mindset of a spin bowler. All I can do is communicate and talk as much as I can with those spin bowlers and still challenge around their plans and what they want to do."

The tour starts with a single T20 on 30 October, followed by five ODIs and two Tests.