Hesson last man standing for Black Caps job

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Last updated 11:15 20/07/2012
Mike Hesson
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THE KIWI: Mike Hesson.
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THE AUSSIE: Matthew Mott.

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It would appear New Zealand Cricket have found the next Black Caps coach.

A media conference has been called for 2pm this afternoon where New Zealand Cricket are expected to announce Mike Hesson as John Wright's replacement.

Fairfax Media reported this morning that Kiwi Hesson and Australian Matthew Mott were the two left in the running after Trent Woodhill was eliminated from contention.

However, Mott today announced he would be staying with Welsh club Glamorgan, leaving Hesson as the last man standing.

Glamorgan Cricket released a statement on their website saying Mott would be continuing with the county next year.

"Although we gave Matthew our consent to speak to Cricket New Zealand, we publicly stated that we didn't want to lose him," said chief executive Alan Hamer.

"We are therefore pleased to confirm that Matthew will be continuing in his role as the club's head of elite performance and we can now focus on the remainder of the current season and our plans for next year."

Mott also confirmed he would not be taking up the Black Caps job.

"I'm grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to speak to Cricket New Zealand. Like all ambitious coaches, I have aspirations to work at the highest level.

"That said, I am 100 per cent committed to Glamorgan Cricket - I recognise that there is a great deal of hard work to do, but I remain focussed on improving the team's performances and on bringing success back to the Club."

With Mott and Woodhill out of the running, Hesson looks set to take over when Wright steps down after the tour of the West Indies.

Hesson, the former Otago and Kenya coach, was the leading candidate since Australian Tom Moody and South African Paddy Upton declined NZ Cricket's request to go through the full interview process.

NZ Cricket's director of cricket, John Buchanan, appeared to give Hesson the nod yesterday in a radio interview. "You're always aiming to get the best person in whatever the role and I'm a strong believer . . . that the best person is always from the country in which you're providing your services to," he said.

Buchanan, along with NZ Cricket boss David White, former internationals Stephen Fleming and Robbie Hart, and High Performance Sport NZ chief executive Alex Baumann, made up the selection panel.

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Hesson's big strength is his organisation and team structure. He is said to be largely respected by the players and has a strong relationship with Brendon McCullum, who carries plenty of influence in the New Zealand dressing room.

- Stuff

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