Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Andy Moles Appointed new New Zealand National Cricket Coach

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Andy MolesNew Zealand appointed Englishman Andy Moles as national team cricket coach, replacing John Bracewell from next week.

Bracewell, who took over the Black Caps in 2003, will coach English county team Gloucestershire from next season and agreed to step aside early to allow Moles to begin his tenure with a home series, New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.

Moles, 47, forged his reputation in New Zealand coaching Northern Districts and previously led Kenya and Scotland. The former Warwickshire batsman, who never played for England, will get his first action against West Indies starting Dec. 11.

“Andy has an outstanding coaching background,” Justin Vaughan, New Zealand Cricket’s chief executive officer, said in the statement. “He has made a real impact at Northern Districts over the past two seasons and also brings more than 15 years experience coaching at international level.”

Bracewell, whose contract was due to run into 2009, leaves the team ranked seventh in Test cricket and fifth in one-day internationals. His record in Tests so far is 13 wins, 19 defeats and eight draws, while in one-day internationals he is 62-46-1 and in Twenty20 games 5-10-1.

News Courtesy: http://www.bloomberg.com/

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