New Zealand news August 28, 2012

Damien Wright to step down as NZ bowling coach

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Damien Wright, the New Zealand bowling coach, will step down from the role at the end of the upcoming World Twenty20. Wright, in a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) release, said his decision to quit the job was influenced by his desire to spend more time with his family.

"I have really enjoyed working with the New Zealand team and it was a tough decision to leave the position. The decision is related to time away from my family and a need to be based closer to home," Wright said. "It has been a privilege to work with current crop of bowlers and I'm proud of the progression they have made over the past year."

Wright was appointed New Zealand bowling coach in mid-2011, after retiring from Australian first-class cricket. He played for Tasmania and then Victoria, and also doubled up as the Bushrangers' bowling coach in his final season with them.

NZC director of cricket John Buchanan said Wright had played a significant role in his short time with New Zealand. "Damien has done a brilliant job since he came on board and will be hard to replace. He brings a huge amount of passion and energy to the team. We have been particularly impressed with the growth and development of the young fast bowlers during his time in the role."

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