21 Dec 2010

Coaching change not a panacea for Black Caps' woes

6:47 am on 21 December 2010

The former Test opener John Wright has been appointed the new coach of the New Zealand cricket team, replacing Mark Greatbatch who's been sacked less than a year into the role.

Wright, who has previously coached India, will take up the job immediately with his first Black Caps assignment a Twenty20 game against Pakistan in Auckland on Boxing Day.

Greatbatch has been appointed chairman of a new selection panel that no longer includes captain Dan Vettori but does feature incumbent Glenn Turner with former international Lance Cairns a newcomer.

The chief executive of New Zealand Cricket, Justin Vaughan, says the changes have been implemented after a review of recent tour of India but he doesn't seem them as panacea to the side's eleven match one day losing streak.

Vaughan says he believes the changes give the side the best chance heading into the series against Pakistan and the world cup in February but success will take time and patience.

Wright's contract is through until the end of the Black Caps tour of the West Indies in 2012.