20 Dec 2010

Black Caps pin their faith in new coach John Wright

8:06 pm on 20 December 2010

New Zealand Cricket's chief executive says the change in coach announced on Monday won't turn the team around immediately, after its losing streak of 11 one-day matches - but it's a move in the right direction.

After less than a year in the job Mark Greatbatch has been replaced by the former Test opener and Indian coach, John Wright.

Justin Vaughan says it will take dedicated hard work, persistence and patience but the change gives the team its best chance against Pakistan, and in next year's World Cup.

Greatbatch has been appointed chairman of a new selection panel that no longer includes captain Dan Vettori.

Former Test player John Morrison told Checkpoint Wright has been the obvious choice for some time and it's disappointing he hasn't been given the job before now.

Used to working with a side that's down

Wright takes up the job immediately. His first assignment is a Twenty20 game against Pakistan in Auckland on Boxing Day.

He says he isn't promising to turn things around immediately but he's used to working with a national team that's performing poorly and lacking confidence.

Wright says India, which he coached from 2000 to 2005, was in a similar position to the current Black Caps side ahead of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, but went on to make the final.