Hesson contract extended

New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has confirmed the two-year extension of head coach Mike Hesson's contract.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has confirmed the two-year extension of head coach Mike Hesson's contract.

Hesson, who started the job in July 2012, led the Black Caps to Test series triumphs over India and the West Indies recently – and has been afforded an extended tenure.

"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," said White.

"Mike has worked incredibly hard to build our relatively young Test team into one that is now challenging the top sides in the world. His selections have also earned praise from some of the greats of the game."

The Kiwis have been pooled with England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland at next year's limited-overs showpiece in Australasia, where Hesson and captain Brendon McCullum will pursue more success.

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

"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."

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