Former England all-rounder Luke Wright will join New Zealand’s Coaching Staff for their upcoming limited-overs tours of Ireland, Scotland & Netherlands.
Wright would be a part of New Zealand’s extended coaching group announced for their Winter tours in accordance with the measures adopted last year to keep coaches fresh for the assignments with the National Team. Their winter tour will begin with the Test series against England & will conclude with the West Indies tour in August. Dion Ebrahim, Dean Brownlie, and Graeme Aldridge will be a part of this extended coaching group alongside lead bowling coach Shane Jurgensen, batting coach Luke Ronchi & Head Coach Gary Stead.
Dion Ebrahim, the former Zimbabwe batter and current coach of Otago, will join Stead, Jurgensen & Ronchi for New Zealand’s Test tour of England. On the other hand, Luke Wright who stepped down as Sussex’s T20 Captain in March will join the coaching staff for New Zealand’s white-ball tours of Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands.
Jurgensen will serve as New Zealand’s head coach on their tour of Ireland & will be joined by Luke Ronchi and Wright. After the Ireland series, Jurgensen and Ronchi will depart for home with Stead returning on duty along with the pair of Dean Brownlie (batting coach) and Graeme Aldridge (bowling coach) assisting him for the series in Scotland, Netherlands, and the West Indies. Earlier, New Zealand adopted a similar mix of coaches last year.
“A key lesson from last year’s Covid-enforced schedules was the importance of keeping not just our players fresh, but also our staff,” Stead said. “We’ve got 14 weeks of non-stop cricket ahead in all three formats and across four countries – along with a T20 World Cup also looming in Australia in October.
“We need to ensure our coaches are at the top of their games throughout that period, and able to create an environment in which the team can continue to improve and thrive.”
Aldrige & Brownlie have been previously involved in the National team’s set-up. Thus Gary Stead will look forward to the ideas that new joinings Wright and Ebrahim will bring to the coaching set-up.
“Along with the practicality of having an extra set of hands, it’s also a way of introducing different voices and skills to the group, as well as giving the fourth coaches themselves an opportunity to learn and develop,” he said.
“Dion is a promising new head coach on the domestic scene. I’m sure he will get plenty out of touring with the Blackcaps. Luke will offer in-depth knowledge of the conditions in the UK and his vast experiences in T20 cricket all around the world,” Gary concluded.
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