Former cricketer, Luke Ronchi, who has represented New Zealand and Australia at the International level, has been appointed as the New Zealand’s batting coach. He replaces Peter Fulton, who stepped down to become the head coach of Canterbury.
Ronchi had been a part of the coaching staff for the past two years, including the ICC CWC 2019 held at England and Wales, focusing on team’s fielding and wicket-keeping after retiring from International cricket in 2017.
“I am absolutely pumped. I have really enjoyed being back with the team in recent seasons and it is exciting to be given the opportunity full-time this summer,” said Ronchi in an official statement on Wednesday.
“Getting the chance to continue working with our batsmen is a great honour and I am looking forward to seeing how I can help improve their games and best prepare them to perform at the highest level,” he added
“It will be great to sit down with Gary and the other coaches to begin planning for what will be a busy summer with four touring teams who will all bring different challenges,” he said.
The New Zealand- born had moved to Australia as a child and represented the national side for 4 ODIs and 3 T20Is between 2008 and 2009. In 2012, he moved back to New Zealand and was drafted into the national team a year later.
He was a regular part of the limited overs squad and was a part of the World cup team in 2015 that lost to Australia in the finals. He played four tests, 81 one-day internationals and 30 T20Is for the Kiwis between 2013 and 2017
He made his test debut in 2016 and played 4 tests for New Zealand before bidding farewell to international cricket in 2017. He kept playing in various domestic T20 leagues across the globe until earlier this year.
New Zealand’s all time leading run-scorer, Ross Taylor, has hailed Ronchi’s appointment as a great addition to the side and has shown his eagerness to work with him
“It has been great to have Luke back with the group in recent years and I am personally really looking forward to working with him as a batting coach. He has obviously got great experience from playing and coaching around the world and I know he will bring plenty of his own ideas to the table,” Taylor said.
Luke Ronchi’s coaching tenure will begin with home series against West Indies later in the year.
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