Both the Blackcaps head coach Mike Hesson, and batting coach Craig McMillan having their contracts extended can be nothing but good for our national cricket side going forward.
Under the leadership of Hesson, the Blackcaps won a home series against India and West Indies, and also clinched a rare test series victory as well. Hesson took over in 2012, and while some cricket followers around the country may still be a little cautious in their thinking following the Ross Taylor saga of a couple of seasons ago, they will also know that Hesson led the helm of one of the most successful summers in recent Blackcaps history.
Hesson’s contract has been extended well beyond next year’s World Cup, showing a clear sign of faith that NZC have in the former Otago coach, regardless of what happens in crickets showcase ODI tournament.
Craig McMillan’s attributes and what the former explosive all rounder brings to the Blackcaps batting unit is unquestionable. McMillan as batting coach will remain alongside Mike Hesson and Shane Bond for another two years.
As the 2014/2015 summer of cricket approaches, what this Blackcaps side needs more than anything right now is balance.
The upcoming handful of series against SA, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will allow for a little rotation which will hopefully see every Blackcaps contracted player given a fair go to prove their credentials for the World Cup. The Blackcaps need to trial a couple of different opening pairings, and it feels almost prudent at this stage for Brendon McCullum to return to the top order at some point this summer.
If Ryder isn’t going to return, Martin Guptill needs an explosive batting partner next to him.
Brendon McCullum could do that better than the likes of a BJ Watling, Anton Devcich, or Todd Latham, three players who are yet to fully secure a spot in the best Blackcaps XI.