Former Sri Lanka captain and current batting consultant of England Mahela Jayawardene says that he has thoroughly enjoyed coaching the team. He also says that it has been an challenging experience as well. Jayawardene says that he is giving tips about how to play in subcontinental conditions based on his own  over the years. Jayawardene says the he gives them ideas and it is up to the players as to how they utilise it. Being a batting consultant, Jayawardene also gives some words of advice to the bowlers. He believes that the players have responded well and are keen to learn. READ: Mahela Jayawardene wants England to keep things simple against Pakistan

Even senior pros like Ian Bell and Alastair Cook too look up to Jayawardene to see how they can improve their game. Jayawardene believes that the key to success in United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to be patient. Jayawardene also expressed his gratitude towards all players and staff and says that they way that everyone has taken him on board has been fantastic.

England have been traditionally weak against the spin, especially on the dusty pitches in South Asia and UAE, where they were routed 3-0 by Pakistan in 2012. READ: Mahela Jayawardene signs for New Zealand’s domestic T20 league with Central Districts Stags

Jayawardene last played international cricket in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, where Sri Lanka were eliminated by South Africa in the quarter-final stage. He has played 448 One-Day International (ODI) matches for Sri Lanka and scored 12,650 runs. In the Test arena he has played 149 matches, scoring 11814 runs. Jayawardene is one of Sri Lanka’s all-time greats along with the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silve to name a few. READ: Ian Bell supports appointment of Mahela Jayawardene as batting consultant for England