New Zealand Cricket has appointed Ben Swayer as the head coach of the New Zealand women’s team on a two-year contract. He has earlier served as Australia Women’s team fast bowling coach since 2018 before taking up the role of the Assistant coach prior to taking up his current role. Swayer is currently the Head Coach of the Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred and previously was head coach of the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL too.
“I can’t wait to get stuck in,” Sawyer said. “I see a lot of potential in this White Ferns group and I feel really optimistic about helping to untap that potential, so they can take their cricket to the next level. It’s certainly going to be a learning process as I get to know the players and they get to know me, and my cricket philosophies and coaching style.
“If you get the players to prioritize the processes and concentrate on the preparation and routines that improve and develop performance, then the outcomes tend to look after themselves. That’s where consistency of performance comes from, and that’s what we’re seeking,” he added.
The Captain of the New Zealand Women’s team, Sophie Devine welcomed Swayer in the White Ferns Camp. She said that Swayer will bring new visions, strategies & perspectives into the mix. Swayer’s stint with the New Zealand Women’s team will begin with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“We’re really looking forward to working with Ben and receiving the benefit of his experience,” she said.
“He’s been a key figure in the ongoing success of the Australian women’s team and we hope we can tap into that bank of experience and grow together as a team. The upcoming Commonwealth Games campaign in Birmingham and the tour to West Indies will be really helpful in that regard – there’s nothing like away tours for bringing a group together and sharing a common purpose.”
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