Some strong names among contenders

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson’s shock resignation has left New Zealand Cricket with the task of finding a replacement capable of keeping the team on its upward trajectory. Cricket writer Adrian Seconi looks at the options.

 

Craig McMillan

Age: 41

Resume: A former hard-hitting middle-order batsman for Canterbury and the Black Caps. Was not afraid to trundle in and bowl the odd bouncer either. He is the Black Caps batting coach but could do with some experience at provincial level as a head coach first.

Chances: Hot favourite.

 

Gary Stead

Age: 46

Resume: A former Canterbury and New Zealand top-order batsman, Stead has built a sterling reputation as a provincial coach. He has guided Canterbury to three first-class titles and a one-day crown since taking over the job in 2012.

Chances: Arguably the best domestic coach in the country.

 

Bob Carter

Age: 58

Resume: Has coached Canterbury and has assisted at national level. An experienced and astute campaigner with a thorough understanding of the New Zealand cricket scene.

Chances: Strong contender.

 

Bruce Edgar

Age: 61

Resume: The dogged left-hander is remembered fondly for his grit at the top of the New Zealand order. He has had success with Wellington, coaching the Firebirds to a twenty20 title in 2016-17. But the former national selector fell out with New Zealand Cricket several years back when his role was cut in half.

Chances: About the same as the Volts' winning percentage this summer.

 

Mark O'Donnell

Age: 55

Resume: Has oodles of domestic experience. Coached in South Africa before joining the Auckland programme in 2002.

Chances: Long shot.

 

Stephen Fleming

Age: 45

Resume: A highly regarded former international captain with experience coaching in the lucrative IPL. Mr 40-and-out might be a tad too rich to want a real cricket coaching job, though.

Chances: Similar to his 50 to 100 conversion rate.

 

Daniel Vettori

Age: 39

Resume: Probably still exhausted from the days when he was a selector, the stand-in coach, the captain, a leading bowler and one of the best batsmen.

Chances: Similar to his strike rate in test cricket.

 

Darren Lehmann

Age: 48

Resume: Rumoured to have once worked as a travelling salesman for a sandpaper company, the former Australian coach is an abrasive character who will bring a new edge to the New Zealand performance.

Chances: A roughie.

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