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Jon Lewis replaces Thilan Samaraweera as Sri Lanka's batting coach
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Jon Lewis replaces Thilan Samaraweera as Sri Lanka's batting coach

Former England international Jonathan Lewis was named Sri Lanka's new batting coach, with the task of preparing the national team for next year's World Cup. Lewis will replace former Lankan international Thilan Samaraweera.

His appointment by Sri Lanka Cricket comes just days after Australia's Steve Rixon was brought on as fielding coach.

Lewis, 48, was head coach of the Durham County Cricket Club before accepting the post.

In 205 first-class matches for Durham and Essex, Lewis amassed 10,821 runs over a 17-year career.

Lewis will join Rixon, 64, later this month for Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand, where the visitors will play two Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20 match.

They are also scheduled for two Tests in Australia from January 24.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva said both Lewis and Rixon will coach the national team until the end of the World Cup, which wraps up in July 2019.