County news September 29, 2005

Mark Greatbatch appointed Warwickshire coach

Cricinfo staff

Warwickshire have announced that former New Zealand batsman Mark Greatbatch has been appointed as their new director of coaching on a three-year contract.

Greatbatch, 42, who was already the director of Warwickshire's academy, was previously coach of Central Districts before moving to the UK 18 months ago after becoming frustrated with the pay and lack of opportunity in New Zealand. He briefly took over coaching Giggleswick School in Yorkshire before moving to Edgbaston.

Greatbatch played 41 Tests and 84 ODIs for New Zealand between 1988 and 1996.

Dennis Amiss, Warwickshire's chief executive said: "We are all delighted that Mark has accepted this position with the club, and we look forward to him moving the team and the club forward over the next three years".