New Zealand news July 20, 2011

Damien Wright to be New Zealand's bowling coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Australian fast bowler Damien Wright is expected to become New Zealand's new bowling coach. Wright, 35, will be one of the final pieces of New Zealand's management jigsaw when he is confirmed as the replacement for Allan Donald, who was set to continue in the job until he was offered a position working with Gary Kirsten on South Africa's coaching staff.

Wright retired from Australian first-class cricket at the end of last summer and was to continue as bowling coach with Victoria, a job he had begun while still playing last year. He continued to play county cricket for Worcestershire this year but will have to step down from his playing commitments to take on his new job, which has not yet been officially announced by New Zealand Cricket.

However, Wright told the Dominion Post he was "thrilled to bits" at being offered the role, and on Wednesday he tweeted: "I've had a wonderful time with the Vics & look forward now to working with NZ Cricket."

The ultimate cricket journeyman, Wright was born in New South Wales and made his name at Tasmania, where he played for a decade and was part of the history-making side that won the state's first Pura Cup title in 2006-07. After that season, he moved to Victoria and won a further two first-class titles with the Bushrangers.

Wright also had stints with five counties, played for Scotland in the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy, and turned out for Wellington in the HRV Cup last summer. Injuries often kept him off the field, but Wright was good enough to play nine matches for Australia A, and he will leave the game with 406 first-class wickets at 28.62.

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  • Andrew on July 20, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    One more thing @ indyarox. Here is what Donald said ahead of his coaching role at the Mountaineers:

    "I have always wanted to move away from being a bowling specialist and become more of a head coach, and this is exactly the sort of opportunity I've been looking for," Donald told Cricinfo.

    "Quite a few jobs I've applied for have asked for 'at least two or three years experience' as a head coach. It's the old chicken and egg story, how do you get the job without the experience, and how do you get the experience without a job! But now that's behind me and I can't wait to get started," Donald said.

    He also said he was frustrated by his lack of full-time opportunities and saw the Mountaineers post as just what he was looking for. I think he was thus definately there on a full-time contract basis.

    So, again, my question is - why did he not stick around?

  • Andrew on July 20, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    @Indyarox. Well, yes of course there is nothing wrong with switching jobs, but then maybe he should refrain from giving interviews at the begining of jobs claiming that he wants to be there for a long time and really contribute. I'm afraid I am left with the impression that he is just using some jobs as a springboard without really making much of a contribution along the way. Anyway, I wish him all the best in SA. Maybe he has realised he just wants to be at home.

  • Rajesh on July 20, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Two Wrights can make a wrong!!!. Like their location, they are dumped down under and nobody seems to be caring whats happening to Kiwi Cricket. They only have themselves to blame. Wont blaming Alan for losing his interest quickly in Kiwi Cricket. No inspirational cricketers around.Richard Hadlee, Martin Crowe, Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori-4 names in the last 3 decades. That speaks volumes isnt it?

  • Nikunj on July 20, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Nduru -> there is nothing wrong in switching jobs. everyone does it. Also if he had a fixed term contract he wouldnt have moved. But lack of contracts indicates his previous assignments were anyways short term consultancy types.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    hope he suceeds but seems rather light on coaching experience to score an international role. a mate of buchanans?

  • Andrew on July 20, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Allan Donald seems to be quite self-serving these days. When he went to the Mountaineers in Zimbabwe we were told he wanted to be with them two or three seasons to build his head coaching credentials. Three months later he abandons them mid-season to take up a 'fantastic' opportunity to be the bowling coach of New Zealand ahead of the World Cup. Now, only 6 or so months later, he is quitting them to coach South Africa. Don't hold your breath guys, he probably won't be around in this job long either.

  • Bryn on July 20, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    really really good get for NZ. hes had a incredible first class career and is the sort of skilled bowler who would make a great coach. if anything i think australia may have missed out in not getting him as their fast bowling coach.

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