Ex Firebirds coach gets NSW marching orders

06:15, Dec 20 2012
Anthony Stuart
ANTHONY STUART: Was released from the Firebirds and has now been sacked from his NSW role.

Former Wellington Firebirds Anthony Stuart has been sacked as NSW cricket head coach.

At a NSW Cricket board meeting on Tuesday night, it was decided that Stuart's contract would not be renewed and the 42-year-old stepped down from his duties with immediate effect.

Assistant coach and former Sri Lankan Test player Chandika Hathurusinghe is to replace Stuart until the end of the current season.

Stuart coached Wellington for five seasons until he was relieved of his role in April 2011.

Stuart, who took 70 wickets for NSW and played three one-day internationals for Australia in 1997, was appointed to the role in May last year for two seasons.

The Blues have made a decent start to the Sheffield Shield season to sit in fourth place on the table - just six points behind the leaders - but have won just one of their four one-day cup clashes to sit equal-last.

"Cricket NSW records its thanks to Anthony for his efforts and commitment over the past 18 months. We wish Anthony well in his future endeavours," said Cricket NSW CEO David Gilbert in a statement.