New Zealand news January 17, 2011

Donald to join New Zealand as bowling coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allan Donald, the former South Africa fast bowler, will join New Zealand as a bowling coach for the ODI series against Pakistan and World Cup that follows.

Donald was formerly coach of Zimbabwe's domestic team Mountaineers and was released from his contract, enabling him to take up the job with the New Zealand team under John Wright. Donald had also briefly served as England's bowling coach in 2007.

"I'm extremely grateful to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and the Mountaineers for agreeing to release me and I'm equally excited about the possibility of joining New Zealand Cricket on a more permanent basis," Donald told Reuters on Monday. "Even though I was only in Zimbabwe for three months I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and learned a lot about being head coach.

"Zimbabwe Cricket is undoubtedly heading in the right direction and I was looking forward to being a part of their return to Test cricket. But the opportunity to return to international cricket was irresistible and to work with somebody of the stature of John Wright is something which doesn't come along every day and I can't wait to get started."

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan was pleased to secure Donald's appointment, having tried first in 2008 to get him involved. "Allan's appointment is an exciting one. His extensive coaching and playing experience should make a really positive impact," he said.

"We talked to Allan back in 2008 when an assistant coaching role was available and although he seriously considered coming on board he decided to stay on with Warwickshire. It is great he is now willing to commit and I know he is really looking forward to the challenge of returning to international cricket."

New Zealand are trailing 0-1 in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan and will play six ODIs in the lead-up to the World Cup next month. Donald joins the squad in Wellington on Thursday, ahead of the opening ODI of the series.

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  • hunter on January 18, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    I think SA required him rather than Kiwis,Since SA has terrible bowling situation (no quality 2,3 seamer after steyn)which will be displayed in WC 2011, however good to see white is lighting else where................

  • Ankit on January 18, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Hopefully this will lead to better results for NZ cricket.

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    White lightning will make the life of NZ bowling far far superior. But if Bond is still there, surely he would go very high with Terrorizing the batsmen. anyway, Allan the Speed Gun means ... much more.

  • Robyn on January 18, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    I for the life of me cannot work out why Cricket South Africa is not using one of their own great bowlers as a bowling coach ... Allan Donald seems to help out everyone else England, Zimbabwe and now NZ yet CSA wont call him on. I think they pathetic !!

  • Mughees on January 18, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Good signing for Newzealand as they badly needed it. Their bowling has always been a weakest link in their side and sometimes their bowlers show impressive performances but then we see them struggling which hurts badly. Inconsistency is a huge factor for kiwis right now and by bringing Donald on board will not only make them a strong bowling attack but also will boost confidence levels of batsmen which also sometimes seems pretty low. There is no problem with lack of talent its just the execution. I hope kiwis come back strongly and show good performances in upcoming world cup.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Awesome. I have a lot of respect for Allan Donald, and since Bondy has retired, our bowling seems to lack the firepower to put the fear into batsmen. Watching Younis Khan and Misbah yesterday toying with the bowling was a bit hard to take, so hopefully Donald can inject a bit of impetus into our attack.

  • Deon on January 17, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Donald could also give Chris Martin a few batting tips. How to run between the wickets without your bat could be Lesson 1.

  • Ryan on January 17, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    I was not around in Allan Donald's time. But the stories I have heard of him describe him as a legend of the game. One of the greatest fast bowlers. He will no doubt lift the Kiwis enormously. I am grateful as a Kiwi someone as great as him is joining the Black Caps coaching staff.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    This is a positive and going in the right direction for NZ.

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