31 Jan 2010

Greatbatch appointed NZ cricket coach

12:35 pm on 31 January 2010

The former international Mark Greatbatch has been appointed as the New Zealand cricket coach, and will be in charge for next week's tour by Bangladesh.

Greatbatch will join the existing Blackcaps coaching team of Mark O'Donnell and Shane Jurgensen, and will take on particular responsibility for developing batting performance within the team.

Daniel Vettori will continue his high-level involvement in the selection of the team, team tactics and strategy.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan says they considered the credentials of a number of high-profile international options.

However Vaughan says Greatbatch is highly respected in cricketing circles both in New Zealand and internationally.

His recent elevation onto the national selection panel has been viewed as an outstanding success, and he has received overwhelming praise for his communication and honesty with players and coaches.

Andy Moles left the position three months ago.

The Bangladesh starts with a Twenty20 international in Hamilton on Wednesday.

Greatbatch has previously coached central Districts and Warwickshire.