13 Nov 2008

Mott 50-50 over whether he will take up Black Caps job

7:33 am on 13 November 2008

New Zealand cricket's coach-in-waiting Matthew Mott is keeping the sport on tenterhooks as he agonises over an offer to remain with New South Wales.

Mott admits he's yet to decide whether to accept New Zealand Cricket's offer to replace John Bracewell next April and says the prospects of taking it up are only 50-50 at this stage.

Mott, who's 35, is New Zealand Cricket's preferred candidate since the withdrawals of South Africans Graham Ford and Mickey Arthur narrowed the shortlist to three: Mott and New Zealanders Andy Moles and Dipak Patel.

Mott says NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan hasn't placed a deadline on the offer.

Mott says he will give him an answer within the next month.