New Zealand is in safe hands ahead of the World Cup, says Mike Hesson

Hesson cherished working with Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.

Mike Hesson (PhotoSport)

Mike Hesson, former head coach of the New Zealand Cricket Team has echoed that the Blackcaps are in really good hands ahead of next year's cricket World Cup in England and his absence won't affect their campaign in the marquee event too much. Hesson recently made a sudden announcement, where he resigned from his position despite having a very successful stint for the admirable cricket country. 

In an interview recently given to SportStar, Hesson was heard saying, "It was certainly a tough decision to make. The timing I think is never right with an international team but straight after the World Cup, the Test championship starts and a year later, there’s the T20 World Cup. I am very comfortable with the state that the team is in and we have got a terrific leadership group. Kane (Williamson) is a great leader, then there are very good senior players and very good support staff. I am very confident that the Black Caps will be fine"

Hesson cherishes his time spent with the team, specially with people like Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson. He said,  "We won a lot of Test series away from home and those were very special. The World Cup (in 2015) was a special time. The World T20 (in 2016) was just after changing captain (Williamson replaced Brendon McCullum). Kane was a new captain and the new group was special as well. There are lot of great memories."

He has nothing but praise for the two high-quality captains that he worked with. He said, "Kane is a great leader and he has certainly evolved over the last few years — both as a leader and as a batsman. His game will go from strength to strength with more leadership and more responsibilities"

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with McCullum and he did a fantastic job with the team in Test cricket and then in the World Cup. That was perhaps the pinnacle point for New Zealand cricket. That was some amazing couple of months and Brendon played a huge part in that. For the team, he left at the right time and then Kane took over the responsibility"

Hesson doesn't regret not winning the World Cup and also thinks that replacing him won't be too much an issue for the board. 

"Look, the six years were amazing. There was lot of cricket. We became the highest-ranked team in the one-day cricket and played a World Cup final in 2015. We are playing some good cricket at the moment and I think the Black Caps certainly have a good chance in the next World Cup. I will certainly be one of the biggest supporters"

"We are a very inclusive group. A lot of planning takes place by the players and the support staff and those are the team’s plans and not just my plans. I am happy to share the information with the incoming coach, who would certainly have a good idea how we would operate in England and then make a good team. There are also (support staff) guys like Craig McMillan (batting coach) and Shane Jurgensen (bowling coach) to assist"

(Inputs from SportStar)


By Kashish Chadha - 08 Jun, 2018

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