Mike Hesson

  • New Zealand's Kane Williamson banned from bowling July 23, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his occasional off-spin 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

    Port-of-Spain: 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 short-pitched test for Indians February 1, 2014

    Whangarei: The Indian batting frailties against short-pitched 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 two-match Test series against India beginning February 6 was apparent, though he said the home team management did not give any instructions to prepare fast bowler-friendly pitches. "Eden Park does not look that green. Drop-in pitches are never green...
  • Corey Anderson needs a break: New Zealand coach January 17, 2014

    Napier: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson Friday said all-rounder 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 five-match 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 13-player squad, which drew the series 2-2 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 injury-darkened 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 two-Test series in February. New Zealand were belted 2-0 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 32-year-old is battling a long-term back injury and has already given up the gruelling role in Test matches, with BJ Watling taking the gloves in the longest...
  • NZ look to find winning touch against Windies in second Test December 10, 2013

    Wellington: Coach Mike Hesson says New Zealand's performance in the first Test against the West Indies was "close to perfect" even though the team had to settle for a draw. New Zealand hope to go one better and get their first win in 11 matches under Hesson and captain Brendon...
  • NZ coach feels they have a good chance to win Champions Trophy June 7, 2013

    Nottingham: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said his side may not be" the sort of guys who wander around like peacocks" but "are in with a chance" of winning the Champions Trophy. The Black Caps, who play Sri Lanka in their tournament opener at Cardiff on Sunday, go into...
  • New Zealand no Ashes entree, says Mike Hesson May 2, 2013

    London: New Zealand have arrived in London with coach Mike Hesson insisting the Black Caps are determined to be more than just a warm-up act for the Ashes series later in the English season. Such is the interest in the Ashes, which pits England against arch-rivals Australia in the latest...
  • New Zealand keen to complete 'unfinished business' in England April 29, 2013

    Wellington: A galvanised New Zealand head to Britain on Monday determined to finish off a job they came so close to completing in a thrilling climax to their drawn Test series against Alastair Cook's England at home last month. Brendon McCullum's underdogs had the entire Eden Park crowd on the edge...
  • McCullum to sue over New Zealand captaincy row April 19, 2013

    Wellington: New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday he plans to sue former player John Parker for defamation over allegations surrounding his appointment as skipper late last year. McCullum, 31, took over from Ross Taylor in controversial circumstances in December, prompting criticism of both the new captain and...
  • New Zealand eyeing more support from Wellington pitch March 11, 2013

    Wellington: Having failed to press for a series-leading victory on an unresponsive Dunedin pitch, New Zealand are looking at the Basin Reserve surface with more expectation ahead of the second Test starting Thursday. New Zealand has rolled over England for 167 in the first innings at University Oval but managed...
  • Doug Bracewell ruled out of Test after standing on glass March 5, 2013

    Dunedin: New Pace bowler Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of New Zealand's first test against England after cutting his right foot on glass while cleaning up after a party at his house. The 22-year-old had been expected to have a fitness Test on Tuesday, with the first test of...
  • Ross Taylor more relaxed after Napier century February 21, 2013

    Auckland: New Zealand's Ross Taylor has admitted the century he scored in Wednesday's defeat to England has eased the pressure on him as he makes his way back into the side following a self-imposed break. Taylor had opted out of New Zealand's tour to South Africa after declining the Test...
  • Ross Taylor back in NZ squad for England series February 1, 2013

    Wellington: Sacked New Zealand captain Ross Taylor returned to the Black Caps' fold on Friday when he was named in the one-day and Twenty20 squads to face the touring England side this month. Taylor, New Zealand's best batsman, sat out the Black Caps recent trip to South Africa after being...
  • Taylor makes peace with New Zealand coach Hesson January 29, 2013

    Auckland: New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson and Ross Taylor met here for the first time since the batsman was controversially removed as captain last month. Their meeting took place away from public glare and it was described as a positive one by New Zealand Cricket (NZC), according to ninemsn.com. Hesson purposely...
  • Bond accuses NZ coach for Taylor's sacking January 18, 2013

    Wellington: New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond has accused national coach Mike Hesson of "sabotage" in his handling of the sacking of captain Ross Taylor, inflaming a crisis in New Zealand cricket ahead of a home series against England. A letter written by Bond to New Zealand Cricket under legal...
  • Invest in core group, says NZ cricket coach January 15, 2013

    Port Elizabeth: New Zealand cricket must back its core group of players despite being thrashed in two Tests against South Africa, coach Mike Hesson said on Tuesday. Speaking the day after South Africa completed a series whitewash with an innings and 193 runs win at St George's Park, Hesson said...
  • Horror session cost us Test, says Kiwi cricket coach January 5, 2013

    Cape Town: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said on Saturday that a "horror session" had upset his team's plans during the first Test against South Africa. Speaking the day after New Zealand crashed to an innings and 27 runs defeat inside three days at Newlands, Hesson said the match was...
  • New Zealand cricket getting it all wrong January 5, 2013

    Cape Town: Even winning the toss won't help Brendon McCullum's desperate search for "some positives" from his team's confidence-shaking loss to South Africa in the first test. New Zealand got that wrong, too. McCullum chose to bat and New Zealand crumbled to 45 all out and their third worst batting...
  • New Zealand seek Murali's help on Sri Lanka tour October 24, 2012

    Test cricket's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan will be asked to pass on his expertise to New Zealand's bowlers and batsmen on their tour of Sri Lanka, the country's head coach has said. The New Zealand-based members of the team leave for the tour, which includes a Twenty20 match, five one day...
  • NZ coach Hesson slams ICC for Super Over in non-knockouts October 3, 2012

    Colombo: New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson has criticised the ICC for using a Super Over to decide the outcome of non-knockout matches in the ongoing World Twenty20. New Zealand tied two of their Super Eight matches - against Sri Lanka and West Indies - both of which they lost...
  • Brown takes temporary charge of Kenya September 8, 2012

    Nairobi: Former Zimbabwean cricket coach Robin Brown has taken temporary charge of Kenya to prepare for this month's ICC Intercontinental Cup and two one-day series in Namibia, officials said. Brown, who was appointed the country's head of cricket development in May, fills the position left vacant after Mike Hesson quit...
  • Mike Hesson appointed New Zealand coach July 20, 2012

    Wellington: Mike Hesson was appointed head coach of the New Zealand team on Friday, replacing John Wright who will leave the role next month. New Zealand-born Hesson coached Otago province for six years before a short stint as Kenya coach. He left that role earlier this year, citing security fears...