Bob Carter appointed Black Caps batting coach
MATT RICHENS AND WILLY NICHOLLS
New Black Caps batting coach Bob Carter is confident he's the man to help turn around the national side's batting woes.
It would seem new head coach Mike Hesson agrees. He handpicked the 52-year-old Cantab who will join the Black Caps on their upcoming tour of India.
Carter's appointment as batting and fielding coach is expected to be announced today while the former Northamptonshire and Canterbury batsman confirmed his departure to Canterbury chief executive Lee Germon on Tuesday night.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White, in Britain for a series of sponsorship meetings, told The Press Carter, like Hesson, was contracted through to the 2015 World Cup.
Carter replaces Trent Woodhill while bowling coach Damien Wright remains with the side.
This is Carter's second stint with the New Zealand team; he was John Bracewell's assistant for four years until 2008 when he took over the Canterbury side.
Credited with first of all improving the Canterbury side's "culture", then their results, Carter is well regarded as a technical batting specialist and motivator.
He was at the helm when the Wizards won the 2010-2011 Plunket Shield while also leading his side - often without any internationals - to a series of seconds and thirds.
Carter's job will not be an easy one as departing coach John Wright made clear this week.
Wright pulled no punches talking about the batsmen's performance during the just finished tour of the Caribbean. Wright said the batsmen were making familiar mistakes and lacked self-responsibility and accountability.
"You just can't come off and wave it away with phrases like ‘that's the way I play' and ‘I didn't quite execute'," he said.
Hesson and Carter believe a change in culture, as it did in Canterbury, will help transform the national side's batting.
"Good players don't become bad players overnight," Carter said.
"The [national] side has some very fine players and I'm excited about the opportunity to work with them.
"And I believe I can add something working with Mike. I'm really excited about it."
Carter's batting nous and techniques have often been spoken highly of by Canterbury players and Wright was also a fan.
But his new role is quite the different one. Until now, he's taken young, eager to learn batsmen at domestic level and improved their game. His new challenge is to get the best out of a clearly talented group, but one at the foot of the international rankings and down on form.
With so much cricket in the immediate future set to be played in the subcontinent, including the T20 World Cup next month, improving the side's ability to play spin will also be high on Carter's checklist.
Germon said he was sad to see Carter go, but wished him well.
"I wouldn't swap him for any of the MA [major association] coaches, that's for sure. Bob's done a fantastic job for us with the team in terms of helping some of our players become Black Caps and with the development of our up and coming younger players."
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