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Australian star Nathan Hauritz joins Ireland staff as team's first ever spin guru

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Big hitter: Aaron Gillespie hit 198 not out for Strabane and end up on losing side. Credit: Lorcan Doherty

Big hitter: Aaron Gillespie hit 198 not out for Strabane and end up on losing side. Credit: Lorcan Doherty

Big hitter: Aaron Gillespie hit 198 not out for Strabane and end up on losing side. Credit: Lorcan Doherty

Former Australian off spinner Nathan Hauritz has been appointed as Ireland’s first spin bowling coach.

Hauritz, who does not take up his role until August, subject to a work permit, represented his country 78 times, including 17 Tests, between 2002 and 2011, with Shane Warne as his spin twin for the first half of his international career, and after his retirement moved into coaching.

For the last two years, he has been coaching in the Big Bash League, most recently with his home town team, Brisbane Fire.

His appointment completes the new Ireland coaching staff under head coach Heinrich Malan, supported by Gary Wilson and Ryan Eagleson.

Meanwhile Cricket Ireland also announced yesterday that talkSPORT will provide ball-by-ball commentary on Ireland’s first three series this summer.

The games against India, New Zealand and South Africa will all get the full talkSPORT treatment with the commentary team including former Ireland opening bowler Tim Murtagh and England’s Steve Harmison.

Ireland’s first international is a T20 against India at Malahide on Sunday June 26.

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