Damien Wright named New Zealand bowling coach

Former Australian state cricketer Damien Wright has been appointed New Zealand bowling coach, replacing South Africa’s Allan Donald.

Damien Wright completes the coaching setup along with the head coach John Wright and assistant Trent Woodhill.

Head coach John Wright said the appointment is an exciting one for New Zealand Cricket and capitalises on years of experience playing First-Class cricket and his work as bowling coach with Victoria.

“Damien comes highly regarded by his peers and coaches in Australia.  He is a coach on the rise and we are lucky to secure his services.

“As a player he made the most of his ability and got everything out of himself and they are qualities he will bring to his coaching.

“He will offer a lot to the team in terms of energy and enthusiasm and relate particularly well to the young fast bowlers.

“I look forward to working with Damien and have no doubt he will make a strong contribution to the team.”

Wright started his First-Class playing career with Tasmania in 1997 and joined Victoria in 2008 before retiring earlier this year.  He also had stints with Scotland, Worcestershire, Somerset, Sussex, Northamptonshire, Glamorgan and played three matches for the Wellington Firebirds the 2010-11 HRV Cup.

Wright took  took 406 First-Class wickets in 123 matches at an average of 28.68.

Wright will begin is work from 5 September at New Zealand Cricket’s High Performance Centre in Lincoln.

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