Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hesson has made a difference.

When Mike Hesson was appointed as the coach of the New Zealand cricket team in July 2012 and almost all cricket fans and many players said Mike Who.

Well at present this 40 something who was faced with possible peak times as a player in the Otago B team turned to coaching at a young age, is forging a 'one of the best' reputations as a coach.
A living example that All Blacks do not always make successful coaches he is at the top of his game  30 months on.

One of his first headlines was created when he removed icon Ross Taylor from the short form teams captaincy offering him the face saving job to continue to lead the Test team.
Never easy to dump one as 'big' as Rosco and a hurt Taylor decided to take a break from the game and reassess his options.
Hesson wanted a man he knew well Brendon McCallum, who with a record somewhat up and down  to lead the Pyjama teams.

Yesterday another demonstration that the man almost nobody knew, delivered again with a victory over current World Cup Champions, Sri Lanka.

At 180 for three SL were on track for a score in excess of three hundred but instead of the past concession meme the NZ bowlers took it to all out in the 50th over at 276, still runs on the board.
When the NZ innings was teetering at 68 for three in 16 overs how many said here we go again.
Mike Hesson has this well set bunch in a good space and they kept fighting and with three overs to go it was still SL's game to lose and that was what happened.
Luke Ronchi wicket keeper batsman at seven grabbed the game in the 47 over with;
leaving veteran Vettori to score the one run with a carving drive for four from the first ball of the 48th.

The world cup will be different with games sudden death and vagaries of  weather, toss, injuries and sheer bad luck but suggestions that the NZ team can do well are no longer fanciful and Mike Hesson's team that includes Ross Taylor but no 'i',  are a chance.
Who would have thought that three years ago.


pdm said...

Is Hesson that good or did he just get lucky by coming in at the time that a group of very good players came through to join the world class McCullum and Taylor. John Bracewell probably started that development and John Wright carried it on.

In Williamson, Taylor and McCullum we have three batsmen who would make every other current International team. Likewise Southee, and McClennaghan are the equal of any one day bowlers while of course Boult is a test bowler of the highest order. Milne looks the goods too and I think Vettori will play a big part in the World Cup.

Where Hesson made a difference was the appointment of McCullum as Captain, a change I strongly disagreed with and he has surprised me. The emergence of Mark Craig as a test spinner was also an inspired choice but I think Bruce Edgar may have had a big part in that.

Luck will need to favour them in the World Cup but on their day they are capable of beating anyone.

gravedodger said...

Agree pdm it was not all Hesson's doing but he seems to have eliminated the dysfunction that has so often blighted some quite talent rich teams in days gone by.
Ryder being a case in point, a significant talent in so much of the abbreviated games requirements and his discarding a real PR challenge yet it has been seamless for much of the cricket loving NZ public.

pdm said...

Boy I would love to see Ryder in the current side - either opening or coming in at 5. His medium pacers would be welcome too - probably a better option than Williamson.

Ryder with a hangover would still be more effective in an ODI than any of Guptill, Latham or Elliott.