Cricket: Gary Stead the perfect choice for new Blackcaps coach – Mark Richardson


Gary Stead is the perfect choice to lead the Blackcaps forward, according to former international Mark Richardson.

Cantabrian Stead, is reportedly set to be announced as Mike Hesson’s replacement next week, with Stuff claiming he was unanimously recommended to the board of New Zealand Cricket.

The 46-year-old was a five-test Black Cap, playing 101 first-class matches for Canterbury before a coaching career that has included stints with the White Ferns and the Canterbury men’s side, winning three Plunket Shield titles.

Speaking to RadioLIVE on Sunday, Richardson said he is confident New Zealand Cricket has hired the right man for the job.

“He is a solid sort of individual who has been through every type of cricket there is and coached at every level,” Richardson told Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes.

“Pardon the pun, but I think he will be a steady set of hands.”

Under Hesson, the Blackcaps developed a culture that was primarily led by the captain. Brendon McCullum was an influential leader who implemented an aggressive style of cricket similar to his own. While Williamson has pulled the reins back somewhat, the relationship between captain  and coach remained the same.

“They are happy with that model of having a strong captain,” Richardson told Sunday Sport.

“Kane Williamson is really growing into that role and is establishing himself as one of our most influential captains ever.

“Stead will play the role in the background as a guy who does all the due diligence, crunches the numbers and makes sure everyone is happy with the bus moving in the right direction.

“Hesson did that very well, working brilliantly with [Brendon] McCullum and was developing a similar relationship with Williamson.

“To continue that type of model on is all they need to improve that 5 percent more.”

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