Damien Martyn `keen` to help `brittle` Oz batsmen ahead of July Ashes

Updated: Mar 22, 2013, 10:52 AM IST

Sydney: Alarmed by Australia’s brittle batting in the Border-Gavaskar series, former Test star Damien Martyn has said that he is keen to help the squad’s underperforming batsmen in a consultancy role, as figures show that even Bangladesh is performing better in the No.3 slot.

Stating that he believes Australia`s top-order can benefit from his 67-Test experience ahead of back-to-back Ashes series starting in July, Martyn said that he can provide additional help given his extensive knowledge of English conditions, News.com.au reports.

Although he is mindful of the fact that the side has a full-time batting coach in Michael Di Venuto, Martyn said that he likes the idea of being a batting coach or lending a hand when possible.

The former Test No.4 has said that he gets along well with captain Michael Clarke, although he added that he is not much familiar with the rest of the team.

Stating that he does not want to coach full-time, Martyn said that involving ex-players like Stuart MacGill, Darren Lehmann and Justin Langer to help the players is going to have positive outcomes for the team.

Martyn also urged Australian selectors to keep faith in Phil Hughes in the crucial No.3 spot and put in skipper Michael Clarke at second drop for the Ashes, as he believes that Clarke can stabilize the top order at that spot, which will help the team in the Ashes.