Sriram joins Australia for India tour

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Former India spinner Sridharan Sriram has joined Australia's coaching staff for their tour of his home nation.

Sriram, 40, played eight one-day internationals for India, taking nine wickets at 30.44 in the early 2000s.

He has been involved with Australia's coaching team previously and joins them as spin consultant for the four-Test series in February and March.

"Sri has worked with us on a number of occasions now all across our pathway system and he is currently in Dubai with our Under-16 team providing his expertise on sub-continental conditions," Cricket Australia executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard said.

"He knows our players very well and has a wealth of knowledge on the conditions that our players will face in India."

Sriram will head to Dubai with the early departure of players on January 29.

The first Test starts in Pune on February 23.