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February 26, 2009
Auckland have appointed former Zimbabwe spinner Paul Strang as their head coach for the remainder of the New Zealand domestic season. Strang will fill in for Mark O'Donnell who was recently appointed assistant coach of the national side for the ongoing series against India.
Strang has been part of the coaching staff at Auckland for eight months and has also worked with their A team. He will be assisted by former New Zealand opening batsman Matt Horne.
"Having worked with a lot of these guys already there won't be too many new faces for me to get to know but it will be a different environment and with a different end goal," Strang said. "Matt and I have already worked together a good deal and have a great understanding so the partnership should work well."
Auckland Cricket will review the position of long-term coach at the end of the season.
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