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Fulton to be New Zealand's batting coach post WC

The Papare 2019-05-15 18:05:54
Fulton played 84 international games across formats for New Zealand. © Getty

New Zealand Cricket have named former batsman Peter Fulton as their new batting coach post the 2019 World Cup. Fulton, who has played 84 international games across formats for New Zealand, will officially take over from former teammate Craig McMillan once the World Cup gets over in July.

Fulton’s contract will expire after the conclusion of the World T20 next year in Australia. “Like many Kiwis, I’ve watched and admired the way the team’s gone about their business in recent years and so it’s pretty special to be invited back into the set-up,” Fulton said. The 40-year-old’s final appearance for the national side came in 2014 in a Test match against West Indies.

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“We’ve obviously got some really talented batsmen in the country and I’m looking forward to working with them to see how they can continue improving their games,” Fulton further added.

Post his retirement from first-class cricket in 2017, Fulton coached the New Zealand Under-19 side, a stint that played a role in him landing the job with the senior side, according to head coach Gary Stead. Incidentally, Stead was Fulton’s captain at Canterbury when the batsman made his debut in the 2000-01 season.

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“We’re delighted to have Pete come on board after the World Cup and are confident he will be a good fit for our environment,” Stead said. “We had a thorough process and utilised our senior players to help assess all the candidates. Pete obviously has a good understanding of batting, but he also demonstrated a clear vision for helping our elite batsmen.

“He’s shown he has the coaching skills through his work with the New Zealand Under 19s and our winter training squads, while we know from his playing days that he will certainly add to our team culture.”