Andy Moles has been appointed to replace John Bracewell as New Zealand cricket coach. The former Warwickshire batsman was appointed after the favourite for the job, Matthew Mott, withdrew at the last minute.
English-born Moles, 47, will take up the role next week in time for the West Indies series, which begins with the Test in Dunedin starting on December 11.
As a player, Moles was forced to retire in 1998 by an achilles tendon injury, and has since gained extensive coaching experience with Free State in South Africa, Hong Kong, Kenya and Scotland.
For the past two years he has coached the New Zealand state side Northern Districts, taking them from bottom to top of the national championship in his first season in charge.
“Andy has an outstanding coaching background,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said.
“He also brings leadership, passion, commitment and a drive to get the best out of his teams, attributes we believe are essential for this role.”
Vaughan said Bracewell would step down at the end of the current Australian tour.
“With the new coach available to start immediately, we have mutually agreed that John would step down after the Australian series, allowing Andy to take up the role during a home season rather than on the road.”
Mott had kept New Zealand Cricket on tenterhooks as he weighed up whether to accept the job, saying a week ago “it’s about a 50-50 split” before announcing this week he would re-sign with New South Wales.