New Zealand fast bowling coach, Damien Wright, has, in a New Zealand Cricket press release, announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the World Twenty20 in October. Wright said that his decision to quit was influenced by the desire to spend more time with his family.
“I have really enjoyed working with the New Zealand team and it was a tough decision to leave the position. The decision is related to time away from my family and a need to be based closer to home," Wright said. "It has been a privilege to work with current crop of bowlers and I'm proud of the progression they have made over the past year."
NZC director of cricket John Buchanan paid tribute to Wright’s achievements during his short time in the post, saying, "Damien has done a brilliant job since he came on board and will be hard to replace. He brings a huge amount of passion and energy to the team. We have been particularly impressed with the growth and development of the young fast bowlers during his time in the role."
Wright retired from Australian state cricket at the end of the 2010-11 season following a long career which had seen him represent Tasmania and the Victoria. He played on for English county side Worcestershire – he had also played for Northamptonshire, Somerset, Sussex and Glamorgan previously – until the middle of 2011, when he left to take on the role with New Zealand.
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