MIKE HESSON

  • World Cup: Afghanistan no surprise for New Zealand coach 23 hours 8 minutes ago

    Auckland: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson insisted on Monday that the high-flying Black Caps will pay Afghanistan the utmost respect having tracked the Asian minnows' astonishing progress at close range. Hesson briefly coached Kenya in 2011 and 2012 with the African side coming up against the Afghans in second-tier events. The 40-year-old...
  • ICC World Cup: Australia's wake-up call came in New Zealand Yesterday

    The mastermind plan of Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson as it all went to script in the Australia versus New Zealand game. I am sure that the planning when the draw came out and the game was scheduled, the Blackcaps would have been licking their lips. It has been...
  • ICC World Cup: Mike Hesson plays down Australia-New Zealand hype 5 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson Wednesday played down the hype surrounding the explosive World Cup showdown between the co-hosts, saying it will be treated as just another round-robin encounter. But it will be easier said than done for both teams as come Saturday the intensity on and off the field...
  • World Cup 2015: Mike Hesson enjoys Black Caps' England rout February 22, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said on Saturday he had enjoyed his team`s eight-wicket demolition of England, adding it had set-up them up nicely for their next World Cup match against fellow co-hosts Australia. The Black Caps were rampant in Wellington on Friday, with seamer Tim Southee taking a New...
  • New Zealand coach Mike Hesson upbeat after win over Scotland at World Cup February 18, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson maintains his players got the "job done" with their unconvincing three-wicket win over Scotland in their second Cricket World Cup. The win at Dunedin's University Oval kept New Zealand unbeaten in Pool A and, because New Zealand surpassed Scotland's total of 142 in fewer than...
  • New Zealand not taking Scotland lightly in World Cup clash February 16, 2015

    Dunedin: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson's assurances that his team won't take Scotland lightly when they meet in a World Cup Pool A match on Tuesday is more than just the usual platitudes that emerge when a highly-favored team meets a weaker one. When New Zealand, in the guise of a...
  • New Zealand coach pleased with World Cup preparation February 5, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson Thursday said the two bilateral series victories against Asian stalwarts Sri Lanka and Pakistan was an ideal preparation for the World Cup. "It's been great preparation but we need to refresh physically and mentally and then go again," Hesson was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. New...
  • Ross Taylor confident of not fizzling out before World Cup January 15, 2015

    Christchurch: Batsman Ross Taylor believes that the New Zealand management will protect the players from the risk of burnout. Taylor's views Thursday comes just after country's former skipper Martin Crowe had written in a column in espncricinfo.com that "fatigue" could dent their chances at the World Cup, as they would be...
  • New Zealand can reach World Cup final, says coach January 9, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said the 15-member strong squad selected for next month's World Cup possesses the right mix of youth and experience to realise the Kiwis' dream of entering the finals. "I think within the squad we've got an ability to adapt to different conditions and I...
  • World Cup squads: New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne wins battle for WC spot January 8, 2015

    Wellington: Fast bowler Adam Milne won the battle for the final pace bowling spot in New Zealand's cricket World Cup squad named on Thursday. Milne's selection in the final 15-man squad had been signalled during New Zealand's second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington when he joined the team for sessions...
  • Mike Hesson lauds New Zealand`s undefeated Test series run December 2, 2014

    Dubai: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on Tuesday lauded his team`s unbeaten Test series run and the bounce back against Pakistan to level the three Tests. New Zealand thumped Pakistan by an innings and 80 runs to win the third and final Test in Sharjah on Sunday, levelling the series 1-1. Pakistan...
  • Phillip Hughes death nearly led to calling off Sharjah Test, says NZ coach November 29, 2014

    The New Zealand team struggled to cope with the death of Australia's Phillip Hughes and discussed calling the match off before playing the delayed second day of the third Test against Pakistan, said coach Mike Hesson. Both sides took to the field in Sharjah on Friday and New Zealand reached the...
  • Vettori could make surprise return for NZ in third Test vs Pakistan November 25, 2014

    Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori could make a surprise return to the Test arena as coach Mike Hesson considers taking three spinners into the deciding clash with Pakistan in Sharjah which starts on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Vettori, who was in the United Arab Emirates with the New Zealand 'A' side...
  • New Zealand coach Mike Hesson wary of Sharjah conditions November 24, 2014

    Sharjah: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson warned his team needed to be at their best to compete on a flat Sharjah pitch where they meet Pakistan in the third and final Test from Wednesday. New Zealand seek a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 248 runs...
  • New Zealand challenging away from home, says coach November 22, 2014

    New Zealand coach Mike Hesson warned on Saturday that his side are improving and have proved they can take on top nations away from home. Hesson said the tense draw in the second Test against Pakistan that finished Friday in Dubai had proved the point. Pakistan batted out for a draw after...
  • Kane Williamson to miss rest of New Zealand-South Africa series October 22, 2014

    Batsman Kane Williamson will miss the two remaining matches in New Zealand's limited-overs series against South Africa due to a wrist injury. Williamson skipped the opening six-wicket loss to South Africa at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday and has subsequently been ruled out of second match at the same venue Friday and...
  • Vettori in New Zealand squad for South Africa ODIs October 19, 2014

    Wellington: Former captain Daniel Vettori has been included in New Zealand's 14-man squad to play the first of three one-day internationals against South Africa on Tuesday. The 35-year-old left-arm spinner played the most recent of his 275 one-dayers for New Zealand against England in June last year. He has since been...
  • New Zealand coach Mike Hesson extends contract September 3, 2014

    New Zealand coach Mike Hesson signed a twoyear contract extension on Wednesday in a major vote of confidence for the young Black Caps' mentor. Hesson, 39, took over in mid2012 with New Zealand in the doldrums after a poor run of defeats and soon created controversy by axing the popular Ross...
  • New Zealand's Kane Williamson banned from bowling July 23, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his occasional offspin in international cricket because of an illegal action, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday. Williamson was reported by the match officials during the second Test against West Indies in Port of Spain in June and independent analysis...
  • Pitch and selection headaches for Black Caps June 15, 2014

    PortofSpain: New Zealand are mulling over the Queen's Park Oval pitch as they contemplate their final XI for the second Test against West Indies, starting on Monday. The tourists fielded two seamers and two spinners in the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica last week, coming away with an emphatic...
  • New Zealand media hail 'Captain Fantastic', Brendon McCullum February 19, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand media dubbed triple centurion Brendon McCullum "Captain Fantastic", as Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said his unfancied team was finally reaching its potential. "Our greatest innings," trumpeted the New Zealand Herald's front page on Wednesday, accompanied by a picture of McCullum with his arms aloft after scoring 302...
  • NZ coach promises more shortpitched test for Indians February 1, 2014

    Whangarei: The Indian batting frailties against shortpitched bowling stood exposed in the ODI series and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said the Kiwis will continue with the tactic even in the upcoming Test series starting February 6. The Kiwi bowlers sent down some short stuff, aided by the longer square boundaries,...
  • NZ coach takes a dig at Team India: 'We don't instruct on pitches' January 26, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson's preference for green wickets for the twomatch Test series against India beginning February 6 was apparent, though he said the home team management did not give any instructions to prepare fast bowlerfriendly pitches. "Eden Park does not look that green. Dropin pitches are never green...
  • Corey Anderson needs a break: New Zealand coach January 17, 2014

    Napier: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson Friday said allrounder Corey Anderson, who broke the record of world's fastest ODI century on Jan 1, is fatigued and in need of a break. Since hitting the world record century off 36 balls on New Year Day, Anderson has managed 29, 0 and six...
  • Coach Mike Hesson urges NZ pacers to be aggressive against India January 17, 2014

    Napier: New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson on Friday called on his fast bowlers to welcome Indian batsmen with aggression when they clash with the visitors in the fivematch ODI series starting on Sunday. Hesson wants his bowlers not to repeat the mistakes they committed during the West Indies series, when...
  • NZ coach Hesson welcomes selection continuity for India series January 16, 2014

    Napier: New Zealand has virtually retained their squad that drew against West Indies for the upcoming ODI series versus India and coach Mike Hesson has hailed the decision, saying the selection continuity is a welcome change for the Black Caps. The 13player squad, which drew the series 22 against the Caribbeans,...
  • Vettori not to be considered for ODI series against India January 13, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand's veteran spinner and former captain Daniel Vettori will not be considered for the upcoming series against India owing to a back injury which has flared up in recent days. "Daniel Vettori won't be considered for the India series and his international cricket career remains under an injurydarkened cloud,"...
  • Pitches for India series will be sporting tracks: NZC January 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has apparently ignored coach Mike Hesson's call for "green tops" in the upcoming home series against India and is instead preparing "sporting tracks" for the Auckland and Wellington Tests. An NZC official told IANS on Thursday that the authorities are keen that pitches not...
  • Won't do Team India any favours with pitch preparation: NZ coach Hesson December 24, 2013

    New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has called on the country's curators to serve up green pitches when India tour for their twoTest series in February. New Zealand were belted 20 on India's dry wickets last year and Hesson said it was only fair to prepare bouncy tracks for the Auckland...
  • McCullum unlikely to play wicketkeeper again: NZ coach December 14, 2013

    Wellington: Captain Brendon McCullum is unlikely to pull on the wicketkeeping gloves again for New Zealand, coach Mike Hesson said on Saturday. The 32yearold is battling a longterm back injury and has already given up the gruelling role in Test matches, with BJ Watling taking the gloves in the longest...