Mike Hesson Extends Contract As New Zealand Coach

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson will stay with New Zealand until at least 2017 after signing a new contract
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New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has signed a two-year contract extension which will see him continue to lead the Black Caps until 2017.

Hesson, 39, recently led New Zealand to Test series wins over India and the West Indies and he will continue for another two years after the 2015 World Cup.

"It’s great news for the players and for the sport to have consistency in this role for our flagship team for nearly five years," New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive David White said.

"How the team performed at home over the summer against both the West Indies and India showed that both Mike and Brendon (McCullum) have built a side capable of knocking over anyone on their day," he added.

Hesson coached Otago for six years and spent time with the Kenyan national team before taking over the New Zealand role, and he says he is looking forward to continuing to work with some outstanding young players.

"It’s a really exciting time for the sport with the world cup at home, our senior players performing well and a promising group of youngsters who are all fighting for World Cup spots," he said.

Hesson came on board in July 2012 and his new contract expires on 30th April 2017.

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