New Zealand Cricket has announced the appointment of former all-rounder Andre Adams as the bowling coach for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Pakistan. Adams, known for his prowess as an all-rounder during his playing days, will join head coach Gary Stead’s coaching group, which includes the regular batting coach Luke Ronchi.
Adams is set to commence his role on Wednesday in Auckland, marking his first full day with the New Zealand squad. His vast experience as a cricketer, coupled with his coaching credentials, is expected to bring valuable insights to the team’s bowling unit.
In a temporary reshuffling of roles, Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Donaldson and Team Performance Manager Simon Insley will be on a break during the series against Pakistan. Their positions will be filled by Matt Long, Cricket Wellington’s Head of Athlete Development, and Dave Meiring, Central Districts High-Performance Manager, respectively.
This strategic move aims to ensure continuity in the support staff, maintaining the team’s focus on optimal performance throughout the series. The inclusion of Matt Long and Dave Meiring reflects New Zealand Cricket’s commitment to fostering talent from within their coaching ranks.
The T20I series kicks off on January 12 in Auckland, with subsequent matches scheduled in Hamilton, Dunedin, and Christchurch. The shift to different venues adds an element of variety and challenge for both teams, testing their adaptability and skill across diverse conditions.
The coaching ensemble led by Gary Stead, featuring Andre Adams and Luke Ronchi, aims to fine-tune the team’s strategies and performance ahead of the T20I World Cup. With Adams joining the coaching staff, New Zealand looks to leverage his cricketing acumen to enhance the bowling department’s effectiveness and contribute to a successful campaign against Pakistan.