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Sri Lanka appoint Rixon as fielding coach

AFP  |  Colombo 

Struggling on Saturday announced the appointment of former Australian Steve as their fielding coach, in a bid to boost preparations for next year.

The 64-year-old will begin his new assignment later this month and join the team in where, starting December 15, are scheduled to play two Tests, three one-day internationals and one Twenty20.

They will later play two Tests in from January 24.

"We are happy to welcome Steve into the team," CEO said.

"I am sure he will be able to help the team moving forward, with his expertise in the area of fielding which is a vital component of the game."

De Silva said will work with the national team until the end of

Sri Lanka have been struggling for form recently, losing the home ODI and Test series to England.

They have also been hit by crisis off the field.

coach was suspended by the International Council in October after he was accused of match-fixing and other "corrupt conduct".

Earlier that month, ex-chief selector and former was charged for failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and concealing information.

The country recently sought help from neighbouring to draft laws to combat cheating in the game.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 19:40 IST