New Zealand news February 17, 2016

Jurgensen named New Zealand bowling coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Jurgensen's experience with Bangladesh aided his appointment to coach New Zealand's bowlers at the World T20 © BCB

Shane Jurgensen, the former Bangladesh coach, has been chosen by New Zealand to mentor their bowlers at the World Twenty20 in India next month, following the expiry of Dimitri Mascarenhas' contract with the Black Caps.

Having previously coached New Zealand's bowlers between 2008 and 2010, Jurgensen will utilise his subcontinental experience in the first tournament the team will tackle minus the knowhow of the retiring captain Brendon McCullum.

"I've worked with a lot of the guys within the set up before and the way they've developed over the years has been exciting to watch," said Jurgensen, who played for Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland in a nomadic first-class career.

"Their results and rankings speak for themselves and I can't wait to work with them and help them to continue to improve. I'll be looking to come in, do my job and support the successful environment that Mike [Hesson], Brendon and the rest of the team have built over the last couple of years.

"The way the team go about their business and style of cricket they play makes them an extremely appealing group to be a part of."

Lindsay Crocker, New Zealand's head of cricket, explained his rationale for the appointment. "Shane was previously a Black Caps bowling coach and since then has added many layers to his experience and skills," he said.

"He has experience in sub-continental conditions working with pace bowlers and spinners, which should be valuable for both the World T20 and the dry conditions expected on the twin tours to Africa at the back end of their winter. Shane is well known to the group; is married to a New Zealander and has strong New Zealand connections."

Jurgensen's contract period will also take in tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa later in the year.

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  • Mark on February 19, 2016, 0:35 GMT

    Ms.Cricket, you cant see whats going on from your highhorse so let me enlighten you. The context is NZ were a borderline minnow until the hesson/bond and co regime got cranking. We are a minute country, with a tiny player base, tiny funds, crap weather and cricket isnt even our main sport... yet the current team can compete with and often enough beat the likes of India, Australia and England. This is a successful environment for us and it is truly remarkable. PS All the best to Shane Jurgenen, hopefully hes gained some unique skils and knowledge to take the boys forward.

  • Ant on February 18, 2016, 22:17 GMT

    @Ms.Cricket: World cup = 2nd in world, in england it was 2-2 and a closely fought 5th encounter which was swayed england's way after Santner's dropped catch, losing to AUS away could easily have been a drawn series. Again things could have been different in the first test in NZ if it wasn't for misfortune - need i remind you the current test series is not lost yet. If you watched the matches and witnessed processes involved, rather than passing judgement on scorecards, it is very clear that they are competing to a very high standard and henceforth in an environment that breeds success.

  • nathan on February 18, 2016, 21:19 GMT

    MS. CRICKET - They were undefeated in test cricket for 2 years, hadn't lost a game of test cricket in 13 home tests (a NZ record) - went to the final of the world cup. Won their first odi series in South Africa, won their second series ever in the WI - Drew with Pakistan in the UAE to of which Australia was humiliated 3-0 a few weeks before, they also went on to beat pakistan in the odi series that followed in the UAE, drew with England in England to of which Australia lost too just after, beat Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia this summer at home....

    Successful... I think so!!!

    Take your arrogance elsewhere - it's not needed here

  • Prem on February 18, 2016, 4:54 GMT

    What successful environment? Did not win the ODI World Cup, did not win in England last year, lost to Aus away and at home? New Zealand are only kidding themselves.

  • Anup on February 17, 2016, 22:29 GMT

    Wish you all the best Mr. Jurgensen from all the Bangladeshis.

  • Yasein on February 17, 2016, 22:03 GMT

    Had high hopes that NZ would pick someone similiar to bond. A coach whos had experience bowling.

  • Stratocaster on February 17, 2016, 11:54 GMT

    @FKJVMMP Yes, coaching Bangladesh doesn't prepare someone for coaching swing bowlers on greentop. But then coaching Kenyans couldn't be matched with coaching New Zealand which coincidentally was done by Mike Hesson. And I haven't heard or seen any coach inject pace into bowlers. They however could inject self belief and fitness regime which could lead to improvement in pace. I saw Trent Boult clock 147 ks in 2nd odi vs England last year. It was his last match for about 6 months as he was injured. Hasn't picked up any pace so far. I wouldn't blame Mascerhenas completely for that. Southee since 7-33 hasn't been good and infact he was averaging 38 under Mccullum's captaincy when all others averaged less than 28. You should know that Adam Milne's primary mentor and coach is none other than? Jacob Oram! Bowling high 120's he can't be the coach to Milne alright? Milne doesn't need anymore pace, he needs control, he needs some good swing. You can't teach pace to anyone as Jeff Thomson once said. I wouldn't endorse Jurgensen for the role but I wish he does everything you stated because we need it. He has 7-8 months to impress, let's see how it turns out.

  • Cricinfouser on February 17, 2016, 7:49 GMT

    Stratocaster - You're right, you don't need to be a great player to be a great coach. But you need either proven success as a player or a coach if you're going to become a coach for a top 8 nation. Bond had success as a player. Hesson had success as a coach. Mascarenhas didn't have either. Jurgensen had no success as a player and limited success as a coach that basically doesn't count past the T20 Cup. Coaching Bangladesh doesn't prepare you for coaching swing bowlers on green seamers. Aside from that, we really need somebody who can inject some pace in to our attack. That's been the most notable thing since Bond left - everybody except Matt Henry lost pace. Boult in particular lost about 10k. He was dangerous because he was hooping the ball at 140k, at 130 or less (and with less swing lately, although I wouldn't blame that on the coaches) it's not nearly as effective. Adam Milne in particular needs a proper pace coach. As far as I know, Jurgensen is not the one to get their pace back.

  • Stratocaster on February 17, 2016, 7:33 GMT

    @FKJVMMP Just wanted to say some of the most successful coaches (Mike Hesson for instance) haven't even been regular cricket player. Mascerhenas's tenure coincided with Boult being injured, Southee's continued lost form (even under Bond), Vettori's retirement and some tough tours. Adam Milne improved under him, Bracewell did too. We saw emergence of Ben Wheeler as a good swing bowler. I too would have wished Bond for the job but Jurgensen's got experience in subcontinent which could well be vital for the t20 cup. Not a bad replacement but future holds what becomes of him as a NZ bowling coach.

  • Cricinfouser on February 17, 2016, 6:34 GMT

    I thought Mascarenhas was a poor choice... How do you go from Shane Bond, who would have been one of the best bowlers in the history of cricket if not for so many injuries, to a guy who couldn't hold a regular spot in his country's limited overs team, all the way down to a guy who couldn't even make his national team at all? Aside from that, is success with Bangladesh really a great indicator of what he can do for New Zealand? There are scarcely two more different attacks bowling in different conditions in the entire world.

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