Australia news December 19, 2012

Stuart sacked as coach of New South Wales

ESPNcricinfo staff

Anthony Stuart has been sacked as coach of New South Wales after a board meeting in Sydney on Tuesday night.

Stuart took over as head coach in May 2011 and his two-year contract was due to expire at the end of this season, but Cricket New South Wales has confirmed in a statement that Stuart has finished his coaching duties with the state "with immediate effect". Chandika Hathurusingha, the former Sri Lanka Test player who was an assistant coach under Stuart, will take over as acting head coach for the rest of the 2012-13 season.

Stuart has not had a particularly successful tenure since he took over from Matthew Mott last year; the Blues won only one Sheffield Shield game last summer. This season they were sitting in fourth position with two wins at the time of his departure, and in the Ryobi Cup they had managed only one victory from four games.

"At a meeting of the NSW cricket board last evening it was determined that Anthony Stuart's contract to coach the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues will not be renewed and he has finished duties as head coach with immediate effect," Cricket New South Wales said in a statement.

The chief executive David Gilbert said: "Cricket NSW records its thanks to Anthony for his efforts and commitment over the past 18 months. We wish Anthony well in his future endeavours."

Stuart, the former fast bowler who took a hat-trick in one of his three ODI appearances for Australia, had been coach of Wellington in New Zealand before he joined New South Wales.

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  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Tom moody did tweet and mention that Hathura is a hard work. I really hope he could bring out the best of NSW and show how ignorant SL Cricket management is!! whilst they opt to get down coaches from here. All the very best @hathura

  • Prashan on December 22, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @Meety and Chris_P, good luck to NSW and also to Chandika Hathurusingha. As a Lankan, this proved how we are failing to make use of our resources. So now I have nothing to say other than good luck to NSW. Also, I wish CH all the best and hope he can be the next coach of Australia, which will be likely if NSW improves. If Mickey Arthur steps down as Aussie coach in 4 years, hope CH will be the next Aussie coach. This is what happens when our management treated this great coach badly.

  • Warrick on December 19, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Can't help feeling Stuart has been the fall guy here. If you look at all the players who have left NSW (due to other circumstances) or are unavailable due to international duties or are injured, it's not surprising NSW sit where they do on the table. I felt Stuart was abit of a punt by NSW management given the other candidates. Don't know anything about CH but I wish him well.

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Dear HATHURA ! This is the auspicious time to show your true colours to the world, We truely believe that you have a point to prove to not only NSW Cricket but also to SL Cricket too. We are right behind you as give your best shot to rise to the Occation Dear . Wish you ALL the Best.

  • Andrew on December 19, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    I think the Sydney papers had been hinting at the environment in the NSW squad being less than ideal for a while now. Genuinely interested to see how CH does.

  • Peter on December 19, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @David Brumby. Not sure where this statement comes from? Is it because he is Sri Lanka the reason you scoff? if you had done even the tiniest bit of research, you may have discovered how highly respected & knowledgeable he is, more importantly how he has improved every bowler within his care. Ignorance, I just don't understand it.

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    A Sri Lankan coach for NSW? Cricket Australia you are getting what you deserve. Bizarre and crazy things still going on. Downward spiral for Australian cricket continues

  • Roo on December 19, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Happy at this news - NSW has been under-performing for a few seasons now... For me, Chandika is a breath of fresh air & a very shrewd coach - give him a 3 year contract & we will see many improvements in the dull "blues" squad... Been waiting a long time for this to happen...

  • Shane on December 19, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Yes, time for NSW to return to the glory days of dominating Aussie cricket. Well, maybe not dominating but certainly leading the charge and generating interest in the domestic competition!

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    This is not a surprise. I have a very reliable source from inside the NSW squad that he had lost the confidence of the players at the end of last season and would not last the year.

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