Former Auckland and Canterbury cricketer and previous assistant White Ferns coach Hamish Barton has been appointed as the new coach of New Zealand Women.
Barton was assistant coach of the team for a spell in 2012 and has been working as New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) Coach Development Manager from 2009 until 2013.
Prior to that he coached Argentina between 2005 and 2009 and he will dovetail his work with New Zealand alongside his current role as a high performance manager at the Northern Mystics netball franchise.
He says he is looking forward to an important year for the White Ferns as they bid to compete with world leaders Australia and England.
"Globally, the women’s game is evolving quickly now; it’s very competitive with many countries contracting all their national players fulltime," he said.
"There’s no doubt we have to keep progressing to retain our position at the forefront of international cricket - and that will be a priority over the next year."
He added that it is vital for the development of the game that the New Zealand team is successful.
"It’s the shop window for the women’s game here," he said.
"The better the performance of the White Ferns, the more appealing the game is for the bright young athletes considering cricket as their future."
His first assignment with the team will be when they tour the West Indies in September.
During his playing career Barton, a right-hand batsman and off-spinner, played 17 first-class and 21 one-day games for Auckland, Canterbury, the MCC and the New Zealand Academy.
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