New Zealand news January 29, 2016

Mascarenhas to quit as NZ bowling coach

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'Not an easy decision' - Mascarenhas

New Zealand are set to lose their second bowling coach in as many years, after Dimitri Mascarenhas announced he will quit at the end of the home series against Australia in February. Mascarenhas had begun the role after Shane Bond quit as bowling coach following the 2015 World Cup, but cited family reasons for his decision to step down.

"It has been really tough being on the road for a long time," he said. "We thought we could get by, but it is a little bit tough and I thought I would make the right decision by my family. Any support staff struggle with the current international schedule. It is 12 months of the year now - there is no season or time off. That does take its toll.


"I have a great relationship with all of the squad, the players and the support staff so the decision is purely based on family. It is time for me to go home and spend some more time with them."

The announcement followed ten moderately successful months for the New Zealand bowling unit. Tim Southee and Trent Boult continued to excel as a new-ball pair under Mascarenhas - though Boult also struggled with injury. Matt Henry and Adam Milne also continued to emerge as penetrative ODI bowlers.

"We have got a number of fast bowlers around the country who are producing really good performances and long may that continue," Mascarenhas said.

Mitchell McClenaghan is the oldest in New Zealand's current pace battery, at 30 years of age. "The rest of them are all under 30 and have a long way to go," Mascarenhas said. "If they keep improving the way they are at the moment the sky is the limit for a number of them."

New Zealand Cricket said they had already begun the process of finding a new bowling coach, though it is unclear if that appointment will be made ahead of the World T20 in March.

Mascarenhas said he would like to take up coaching again in the future. He had been attached to the Otago provincial side before his stint with the national team. "I hope I can re-visit this sort of role," he said. "The children are young now and that's where I need to be. But it's definitely the type of job I'd like to return to."

An allrounder in his playing days, Mascarenhas had represented England in 34 limited-overs matches, and had also played 195 first-class games, many of them for Hampshire.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Jordanious77 on January 29, 2016, 22:53 GMT

    I actually think Dimitri has done a fantastic job with Milne and Mclenaghan. Two players that previously struggled with consistency have now become our arguably most consistent and reliable bowlers. When Macharanhas came in we knew that was what he most likely going to be working on so its great it has worked out. Southee's form has dropped significantly since Bond left and Boults been struggling for pace, both of which might be partly because we are missing Bond, but personally I feel like Dimitri has done a fantastic all-round job and will be a tough nut to replace.

  • nzcricket174 on January 29, 2016, 11:33 GMT

    Who is there? Please let it be a step up. We cannot afford to lose progress as a bowling unit. Mascarenhas has steadied the ship after Bond finished. It is still in good shape for the next person to take it to the next level.

  • Cricinfouser on January 29, 2016, 10:49 GMT

    Absolute best of luck in life. We have a wonderful crop of bowlers now and you did a great job filling the huge boots of NZ's second best bowler (after Sir RH) and that mainly through injury. I remember you playing in the UK when I lived there and remember you as a great competitor! You will do well in whatever you choose in life and NZC will be sad to see you go I'm sure but babies don't ever get any younger and there's a lot to miss in young lives so I salute your decision! Best wishes again.

  • EdStainsby on January 29, 2016, 10:19 GMT

    Whoever gets the job will have their work cut out pleasing Black Caps fans, many of whom seem to be unable to come to terms with life after Shane Bond. As good a coach as Bond was, he isn't the only person who's been instrumental in the BC's bowling success in recent years. Allan Donald and Damien Wright achieved plenty for New Zealand. Mascarenhas is a decent guy who did okay in his brief tenure, and doesn't deserve the slagging that he's getting in some quarters.

  • slasher on January 29, 2016, 8:51 GMT

    Is Chris Martin available? He made the most of his talent and i think he would make a great coach for this group

  • Stratocaster on January 29, 2016, 7:45 GMT

    @Nic Turner You'll be surprised to know he's the personal coach of Adam Milne, the fastest man in New Zealand.

  • Nic Turner on January 29, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    Jacob Oram? Really keen to know where that has come from.

  • Stratocaster on January 29, 2016, 6:30 GMT

    I don't think Mascerhenas did a bad job. It's just that he was filling up for Bond, one of the best. He didn't do something to injure Boult or Southee, Mcclenaghan became more economical and Milne, Henry improved in penetration. Didn't do much about spinners. Hopefully we can get someone soon. Jacob Oram anyone?

  • Mahesh on January 29, 2016, 6:13 GMT

    Good luck for your next phase of life Sir !!! Your contribution to NZC is remarkable.

  •   Michael Dickson on January 29, 2016, 6:09 GMT

    Hopefully now we can bring on a better bowling coach. Bond can't do it, but someone else along those lines would be invaluable.

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