Black Caps need specialist coaches

Last updated 05:00 27/01/2013
Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson
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CAPTAIN AND COACH: Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson.

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So, the New Zealand cricket team has won a series just as we thought things couldn't get worse for our summer sport.

In fact, it was our first series win in South Africa, so it is definitely something to scream and shout about.

Hopefully this will trigger a bit of a revival for the New Zealand cricket team which has, let's face it, been through hell in the last couple of months.

In my opinion, specialist coaches could be the future for New Zealand cricket.

England have already started doing it with Andy Flower looking after the test team and Ashley Giles looking after the limited overs teams (Twenty20 and 50 overs).

I believe we will see more countries going for this as the three formats of cricket become far more distinguished from each other.

After all, we already see players specialising in one form of the game, and different captains for different forms of the game, e.g. Michael Clarke captains Australia in tests, George Bailey for ODIs and Twenty20s; Stuart Broad for England in T20s, Alastair Cook in ODIs and now tests having taken over from Andrew Strauss.

We should have either John Buchanan or John Wright specifically coach the test team - probably John Buchanan given New Zealand Cricket burnt its bridges with Wright long ago.

This could be our best test lineup - it's not particularly great but it will have to do, especially with the captaincy bit.

BJ Watling
Martin Guptill
Ross Taylor
Kane Williamson (captain)
Dean Brownlie
Brendon McCullum (wk)
Daniel Vettori
Tim Southee
Doug Bracewell
Trent Boult
Neil Wagner

As for the limited overs forms of the game, Mike Hesson should continue to be coach as he has proven to be very adept at the shorter forms of the game during his time coaching Otago and his relative success with the Black Caps when they're playing within a day.

Best ODI lineup:

Martin Guptill
Jesse Ryder
Brendon McCullum (wk/captain)
Ross Taylor
Kane Williamson
James Franklin
Jimmy Neesham
Nathan McCullum
Tim Southee
Doug Bracewell
Mitch McClenaghan

Best Twenty20 lineup:

Jesse Ryder
Brendon McCullum (captain)
Ross Taylor
Martin Guptill
Rob Nicol
Derek de Boorder (wk)
Colin de Grandhomme
Jimmy Neesham
Nathan McCullum
Tim Southee
Mitch McClenaghan

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