Hesson extends Black Caps deal

  • Last Updated: September 3 2014, 11:50 BST

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has extended his deal by a further two years which commits him to the Black Caps until April 2017.

Mike Hesson: Extended his deal
Mike Hesson: Extended his deal

Hesson, whose deal was due to expire in April next year, has led New Zealand to some memorable victories in all formats since being appointed to the role in July 2012 and has formed an impressive alliance with captain Brendon McCullum.

New Zealand have won their last three Test series, against West Indies and India at home and then away against the Windies, while they sensationally hammered world champions India 4-0 in their most recent one-day international matches.

David White, New Zealand Cricket's chief executive, said: "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.

"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."

Hesson came under fire shortly after taking the role as it was reportedly his prompting that led to Ross Taylor resigning as captain in late 2012, with McCullum taking over immediately afterwards.

However, the Black Caps have gone from strength to strength, with Taylor still playing a key role with the bat, and they will be strong contenders for next year's World Cup which they will host alongside Australia.

"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," added Hesson, who coached Otago for six years and also had a stint with the Kenyan national side before taking the reins at New Zealand.