Source: CricinfoNew Zealand have appointed Andy Moles as their new coach and he will take over almost immediately, with John Bracewell to step down after the Adelaide Test. Bracewell's contract does not expire until April but he agreed with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) that it would be best for Moles to take charge ahead of the home series against West Indies, which begins on December 11 with a Test in Dunedin.
Moles, the Northern Districts coach who has previously been in charge of the Kenya and Scotland sides, was chosen after New Zealand's preferred candidate Matthew Mott turned down the job to stay on with New South Wales. Other leading contenders had included the South Africans Mickey Arthur and Graham Ford, until they both announced they would not pursue the position.
Moles said the immediate future for New Zealand would be a period of development after several experienced players retired, in some cases to play in the ICL. "We've lost a lot of senior players over the last two years and it is a rebuilding phase," Moles told TVNZ. "We've got to get a plan, move forward, set our goals, become No. 4 or 5 in Test cricket in a year's time, and move on from there."
From a New Zealand supporters' standpoint, I hope he can climb us out of the current hole we are in.