26 May 2016

Hesson concedes there was some pressure to stay

2:57 pm on 26 May 2016

The re-appointed Black Caps coach Mike Hesson concedes he did feel some pressure to stay on given the changes the side has been through recently.

Hesson will have a third stint as national cricket coach after today signing on until after the world cup in 2019.

With a new captain at the helm in Kane Williamson in the post Brendon McCullum era Hesson says their are challenges ahead.

The Black Caps and coach Mike Hesson celebrate their Chappell-Hadlee series win.

The Black Caps and coach Mike Hesson celebrate their Chappell-Hadlee series win. Photo: Photosport

"It was a factor but I am still highly motivated to do the job. I love the job. I love the people I work with and there are some really exciting challenges ahead with world events and some big test series....and you generally only get one go at this job and I want to make as big a difference as I can," said Hesson.

NZ Cricket has signed coach Mike Hesson on for a further three years as Back Caps coach.

NZ Cricket has signed coach Mike Hesson on for a further three years as Back Caps coach. Photo: Supplied

Since taking over as coach in 2012, Hesson has overseen a marked improvement in New Zealand's standing in international cricket.

The Black Caps are now ranked number one in Twenty20, second in one-day internationals and fifth in tests.

Hesson though is adamant this third term as coach will be his last.

"Every coach has a shelf life with a group and I think 2019 will be the right time for us as a family and also for me to move onto other things and also the team. I think the team will need a new voice by that time."

Hesson will retain the same management group with former international Craig McMillan remaining assistant coach, Mike Sandle as manager and trainer Chris Donaldson.

The next assignment for the Black Caps is the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in July and August.

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