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NZ appoints Luke Wright as coaching staff member



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Former England all-rounder Luke Wright has been included in New Zealand's coaching staff for their upcoming limited-overs tours of Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands.

Wright, who played 50 ODI's and 51 T20 matches for England, will be joined by Dion Ebrahim, Dean Brownlie and Graeme Aldridge. They are also part of the set-up alongside lead bowling coach Shane Jurgensen and batting coach Luke Ronchi.

Head coach Gary Stead will miss the tour of Ireland - which will be led by Jurgensen - before returning for the Scotland and Netherlands series followed by a tour of the West Indies in August.

Jurgensen and Ronchi will return home after Ireland to be replaced by Aldridge and Brownlie. New Zealand used a similar mix of coaches last year.

"A key lesson from last year's Covid-enforced schedules was the importance of keeping not just our players fresh, but also our staff," Stead said.

"We've got 14 weeks of non-stop cricket ahead in all three formats and across four countries - along with a T20 World Cup also looming in Australia in October.

"We need to ensure our coaches are at the top of their games throughout that period, and able to create an environment in which the team can continue to improve and thrive."