New Zealand news September 3, 2014

New Zealand extend Hesson's contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mike Hesson has extended his contract as head coach of New Zealand, signing on for another two years after next year's World Cup. Hesson began in the job in July 2012 and his original contract was due to expire at the end of April next year, but that has now been extended to the end of April 2017.

New Zealand have won their past three Test series under Hesson, at home against West Indies and India, and then away against West Indies. Only twice before have New Zealand won three consecutive Test series. Their most recent ODI series was also a triumph, beating India 4-0.

"It's great news for the players and for the sport to have consistency in this role for our flagship team for nearly five years," the New Zealand Cricket CEO David White said.

"Mike has worked incredibly hard to build our relatively young Test team into one that is now challenging the top sides in the world. His selections have also earned praise from some of the greats of the game."

"How the team performed at home over the summer against both the West Indies and India showed that both Mike and [captain] Brendon [McCullum] have built a side capable of knocking over anyone on their day."

Hesson, who came to the role after coaching Kenya and spending six years at the helm of Otago, said he was keen to keep developing the side after the World Cup. "It's a really exciting time for the sport with the World Cup at home," Hesson said, "our senior players performing well and a promising group of youngsters who are all fighting for World Cup spots."

New Zealand are also expected to announce their new batting coach in the next few days. Craig McMillan filled the role in a short-term capacity during the tour of the West Indies after the departure of Bob Carter, and he could be in line to win the job full-time.

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  • Garry on September 6, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Reserving my judgment on Hesson until we have played a test series overseas against a quality team from one of the following - Eng, India, Australia, Pakistan. We have already been murdered by two of them under Hesson and lost a ODI series in Bangladesh, but the team has come along nicely since then or has the opposition been rubbish?

  • jared on September 3, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Nikko chunn has summed it up, hesson has done a great job and deserves more time in the role. I was a skeptic at first, just thought nzc was being a bit budget by appointing hesson instead of spending some money on someone more renowned. But him and mccullum have created a really good culture, I hate that term but they are defiantly getting the best out of our talented youngsters coming into the international game from our domestic scene and performing really well, this has almost never happened in the past (Rutherford excluded). What ever they are doing it's working so keep it going. Credit must also go to the types of players they are selecting they also get a big tick for that.

  • paul on September 3, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Reading between the lines and huff and puff from White ,the actual test team if you included four players who should make the team (Ryder, Guptil, Bracewell, Brownlee)...not to much different to the players John Wright selected for the great win in Watling of course who Wright also selected.

  • john on September 3, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Why would nzc sign anyone before the world cup?? It is quite possible (i no knowone wants to think about it) but we could choke.And could be stuck with a lemon.After all we are number 7in the world..

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    That's great to here. If a NZ team under him hammered India 4 - 0 in ODIs, he certainly deserves an extended spell. Hoping to see the BlackCaps perform well in the WC.

  • Jordan on September 3, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Yep, extending Hessons contract was a done deal months ago. I'm glad we have him on board for NZ for the long term (god its been a while since a coach has stuck around for any length of time!!)

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    I reckon they'll give Craig the batting job full-time. Just a hunch though... And yes, Hesson, for bringing through the likes of Neesham, Anderson, Henry and McClenaghan deserves great praise alone..... The results have sealed the deal. Go the mighty Black Caps!!

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