Former Sri Lankan batsman, Thilan Samaraweera will assist the current New Zealand batting coach Peter Fulton in order to help the visiting batsmen tackle the spin-friendly pitches. The 42-year-old has previously worked as the batting coach of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
"We're delighted to welcome Thilan into our environment for the Test phase of the tour. His knowledge of Sri Lankan conditions will be invaluable. He'll offer great assistance to Fulton on his first tour," head coach Gary Stead said in a press release.
New Zealand will be playing Tests on Sri Lankan soil after seven years and their record in the Island nation is not good either, winning only four out of 15 Tests. Incidentally, only Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor from the touring party have played Tests in Sri Lanka.