Christchurch: Gloucestershire’s director of cricket John Bracewell was named New Zealand’s new coach on Friday.
The former New Zealand off-spinner will take over in November from Denis Aberhart after finishing the season with his County side.
Assistant coach Ashley Ross will take the team on the Test and one-day tours of India and Pakistan.
The manager’s role will change hands as well. With ex-NZ captain Jeff Crowe having stepped down, former Auckland Cricket chief executive Lindsay Crocker has been named as his replacement.
Crocker played first-class cricket in New Zealand for Northern Districts and also played professionally in England and South Africa.
The often fiery Bracewell, described in his playing days as a “spin bowler with the fast bowler’s attitude”, has forged a successful coaching career, beginning with Auckland before steering Gloucestershire to six County trophies in five years.
As a batsman, Bracewell hit his one and only Test century against England at Trent Bridge in 1986 and in all scored 1,001 Test runs at an average of 20.42, including four half-centuries.