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Former New Zealand and Canterbury batsman Gary Stead has been named the national team’s head coach for the next two years.
Stead, who represented New Zealand in five Tests, will take over from Mike Hesson, who stepped down from the role in June.
Stead also coached New Zealand’s women’s team and helped them reach the final of the 2009 World Cup and 2010 World Twenty20.
In addition to this, the 46-year-old also worked at New Zealand’s High-performance Centre between 2004 and 2008 and was appointed as Canterbury’s coach in 2012. During his time with the domestic side, he guided them to four titles in as many seasons from 2013-14 to 2016-2017.
Furthermore, he served as New Zealand’s batting coach in 2016-17.
Stead admitted that helping New Zealand win the 2019 World Cup will be one of his main goals, but insisted that it is not his sole priority.
“I just want to see people keep getting better,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I continue to drive towards making players who are self-sufficient and can make good decisions on the field. I really get a kick out of seeing people improve.
“The World Cup is no doubt a strategic priority for New Zealand Cricket and it’s high on the agenda and I’m acutely aware of the importance of that, but there are other things that are important as well. I want to get to know their [players’] motivations and what makes them tick and how they want me to operate and how they feel I can get the best out of them as well. Those types of things are the most important things for me in the short term.”
Stead’s first assignment as head coach will be New Zealand’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.