Edgar named national selection manager

New Zealand

Former opening batsman Bruce Edgar has been hired as New Zealand Cricket's new general manager of national selection.

Former opening batsman Bruce Edgar has been hired as New Zealand Cricket's new general manager of national selection.

Edgar will start the role, which will see him work alongside head coach Mike Hesson, next month. Nominated by a panel including erstwhile fast bowler Sir Richard Hadlee, the 56-year-old Edgar is a Cricket Australia level three accredited coach.

He has worked in New South Wales' high performance programmes and has been a specialist batting coach for various Sydney first grade clubs. Two years ago, he became a trustee of the NZ Cricketers Hardship Trust.

"Bruce is highly respected within the cricket fraternity and he was a very successful player both on and off the field," said New Zealand Cricket chief executive officer David White.

"He is considered, methodical and logical with exceptionally good attention to detail. And while Bruce has been recently living in Australia, he'll be supported in the role by the local knowledge of talent scouts and major association coaches."

The left-handed Edgar played 39 Tests and 64 ODIs between 1978 and 1986, scoring four centuries, including a match-winning 162 against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, 1982.

"Players need to be given opportunities to bridge the gap between first-class cricket and the international stage. I would like to see players given experience in the sub-continent and with local conditions in other countries," concluded Edgar.

"Outside of pure statistics, things like team values, work ethic and personal accountability will be closely scrutinised."

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