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Sri Lanka appoint Steve Rixon as fielding coach

Sri Lanka have announced the appointment of Steve Rixon as their fielding coach, in a bid to boost preparations for the world cup next year.

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

They will later play two Tests in Australia from January 24.

"We are happy to welcome Steve into the team," Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva 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 Rixon will work with the national team until the end of the 2019 World Cup.

Rixon had stepped down as Pakistan's fielding coach in June after two years in his role, citing differences with the PCB over late payment and lack of professionalism.

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