New coach Moles aims to lift Kiwis
The John Bracewell-era has ended on a rather sour note, but new coach Andy Moles hopes New Zealand can leave behind the past as he takes over the side ranked No. 8 in the ICC Test rankings.
"We've got to move forward," Moles was quoted by the New Zealand Herald. "The players and I can't do anything with what's gone behind, we can only control what happens in the future, and that's really relevant right now."
Martin Crowe, the former New Zealand captain, has called for a complete overhaul of the manner in which the team is managed following the loss in the second Test against Australia in Adelaide - he described it as the country's "worst moment in Test cricket".
Moles, who will meet captain Daniel Vettori on Wednesday and the rest of the team on Sunday, said his first priority was to fix the side's back-room staff. "I want to get it all sorted out so the players know ASAP what the makeup of the team off the field is," Moles said.
Crowe had pulled no punches in his interview on Radio Sport. "We've put a coaching regime in place and they have got in the way of the development of these talented cricketers," he said "The last five years have been probably the most destructive to our game in the history of our game."
Nevertheless, he was hopeful Moles would change the culture of the group. "You've got to allow cricketers to be themselves, you've got to allow them to be individual and you've got to ask them to be self-sufficient," he said. "I just want it all cleared out. Give the kids a chance to just be what they can be and I'm sure they'll respond in time.
"Let's hope that Andy Moles and Dan Vettori can just put a smile on people's faces and let them have a beer at the end of the day. Let them relax, let them be human beings."
Moles' first assignment is against West Indies, who are one place above New Zealand in the rankings. The squad for the first Test in Dunedin, starting on December 11, will be named on Saturday. "With a change of personnel [Moles] there is always likely to be a different approach," Glenn Turner, the former batsman and current selection panel manager, said. "Players have got to get more out of themselves. That's the key.
"It's all very well to say we don't have the players. What we've got to say is surely we can get more out of what we've got."