New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have named former Test player Gary Stead as the new coach of the White Ferns, New Zealand's Women's international team.
Gary Stead Named As New White Ferns Coach
Gary Stead (left) in action during his Test career.
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Stead has been NZC High Performance Coach since 2004 and also coached Canterbury in 2007/8 when they won both the State League and Twenty20 competitions.
“With the ICC Women’s World Cup and Twenty20 just around the corner we were looking for the best quality coach as well as continuity moving into these tournaments,” NZC CEO Justin Vaughan said in a statement on www.blackcaps.co.nz.
“Gary is an outstanding coach and has been assisting with the coaching of the side. He is a natural fit for the position. I am confident that he is the right person to take the team forward and deliver results,” he said.
“This team has a very exciting period of cricket ahead with World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 in the next 10 months,” Stead said.
“My focus will be for the team to win both of these.
“I want to encourage the White Ferns to play an exciting style of cricket. There are some enormously talented players in this country and I believe I can assist in their game and match awareness to take them forward,” he said.
Stead played five Test matches in 1999, scoring 278 runs at an average of 34.75.