New Zealand news June 6, 2011

Siddons named coach of Wellington

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jamie Siddons has been confirmed as the new coach of Wellington after signing a three-year deal. Siddons, who coached Bangladesh from October 2007 until his departure in April this year, will take over the position vacated by his fellow Australian Anthony Stuart, who is now in charge at New South Wales.

"Jamie is a world-class coach and his international experience will be an invaluable addition to our professional and high performance cricket environment in Wellington," Cricket Wellington's chief executive Gavin Larsen said. "Jamie is passionate about the game and he will bring a fresh perspective to the Wellington Firebirds, and we look forward to him leading us forward into a new era of success."

Siddons, 47, will take up the role in July and faces a challenge to turn Wellington into a winning outfit. The side hasn't finished higher than fifth in any format in the past two summers, and Siddons believes one of the keys to improving Wellington's results will be to find more runs from the batsmen.

"I looked at all the players and their averages, and even the senior players are not in the 40s with the bat," Siddons told the Dominion Post when he applied for the job. "So one thing is to turn that around and turn their performances around."

Prior to taking on the Bangladesh coaching job, Siddons was an assistant under John Buchanan with Australia's national side. Buchanan, who is now the director of cricket with New Zealand Cricket, was part of the panel that appointed Siddons, who beat Matthew Maynard and the Wellington assistant coach Shane Deitz for the role.

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  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Jamie is a world class batting coach. But he didn't work honestly for Bangladesh cricket. He created many problem in Bangladesh team, specially between Shakib and Mashrafi. Bangladesh is improving their performance for their own talent. Siddons hadn't any credit. Bangladeshi people love cricket more than Indian people.

  • Rizwan on June 6, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    @Charindra, its not Siddons fault if BD went backwards. I don't expect you to remember when he took over the job BD team lost more than half of their regulars in that ICL incident. He had to build almost from the scratch. Now you see the likes of Shakib, Tamim, Razzak doing well. Whatmore is one of the best coaches around, but Siddons brought something that his predecessor couldn't manage, discipline.

  • Mark on June 6, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Redneck he will be back, Wellington is the place to help all Aussie coaches out, just not thier own coaches that they have put time into over the years,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 2 years tops and Siddons will be goneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Andrew on June 6, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @ Charindra - how would you know whether he doesn't like Murali? What borometer did you guage that the Bangas went backwards under Siddons? The 2nd question is easy - the Bangas improved in their rankings - players like Shakib & Tamim developed substantially over his tenure. I don't know if he's a good coach or not, just that the Bangas improved under him.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    All the best Mr.Jammie Siddons. You deserve for some test team.... Our Bangladeshi Cricket Board Didnt get about your class...............

  • Charindra on June 6, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Wonder how this is going to work as he doesn't like Muralitharan and Murali will be the main player for Wellington. Honestly, I don't think Siddons is anything special. Bangladesh went backwards with him after the improvement they showed with Whatmore.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    That will be familiar... coaching a team that can't play very well, and are excessively reliant on a few all rounders and finger spinners.

    The advantage that Siddons has this time is that he is allowed imports.

  • hayden on June 6, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    as a south australian why is it we only take coaches from other states and never our former players who did actually keep our state team on the map??? we over look siddons, lehman and gilespie and employ darren berry and other interstate people who are only looking to further their careers not drag our state out of the foot of australian cricket! good luck with wellington jamie, hope you can coe back to the saca one day????!!!

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