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Harris, Haddin to help coach Aussies in NZ

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/11/2016 Rob Forsaith
Ahead of their first clash with Bangladesh in four years, Haddin said they would not be dropping their guard this weekend. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Ahead of their first clash with Bangladesh in four years, Haddin said they would not be dropping their guard this weekend.

The full impact of Australia's helter-skelter cricket schedule in February is starting to become clearer, with former Test players Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin signed up as assistant coaches for the one-day international tour of New Zealand.

Harris will serve as bowling coach for the three-match series, in Auckland, Napier and Hamilton which starts on January 30 and runs until February 5. Haddin will help the squad work on their fielding.

Regular batting coach Graeme Hick and bowling coach David Saker will miss the trip, instead heading to India for the four-Test series that starts on February 23 in Pune.

It is unclear whether the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner will be available for the entire Chappell-Hadlee series or make the trip early like Hick and Saker.

Cricket Australia has already confirmed head coach Darren Lehmann won't coach the national side during a home Twenty20 series in February, which almost overlaps with the start of the first Test in India.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for us to have ex-players of the calibre of Brad and Ryan on board for this tour and continue their involvement in Australian cricket," Lehmann said.

"Both these guys have worked hard on their coaching since leaving the game and thoroughly deserve their opportunity.

"They will bring a great insight to the team."

Harris spent time with the squad during a recent ODI tour of South Africa, while Haddin has previously worked with Australia A.

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