22 Jul 2011

Damien Wright named as Black Caps bowling coach

6:42 pm on 22 July 2011

Former Australian state cricketer Damien Wright's been appointed as New Zealand's next bowling coach.

The 35-year-old replaces Allan Donald, who's switched to the same role with his native South Africa.

Wright becomes the third part of the Black Caps coaching setup led by John Wright, which includes assistant coach Trent Woodhill, and he's taking aim at his native Australia.

He says he wants to instill confidence in the younger Black Caps, hailing the next generation of bowlers here as "very exciting" and Wright wants them ready for the task as soon as possible.

Wright says work ethic's probably the strongest feature he'll bring to the side.

He took 406 First-Class wickets in 123 matches in a playing career that began with Tasmania in 1997.

Wright joined Victoria in 2008 before retiring earlier this year and also had stints with Scotland, Worcestershire, Somerset, Sussex, Northamptonshire, Glamorgan.

During his last season playing for Victoria he was handed the responsibility of leading and coaching the bowling unit.

Wright also played three matches for Wellington in the 2010-11 Twenty20 competition.