Luke Ronchi, the former New Zealand wicketkeeper is now the new batting coach of the national team. He replaced Peter Fulton who left his position in July.
With the new captain of the team, fans are also expecting a huge change in the latest cricket scores.
Ronchi played for both Australia and New Zealand and was actually capped 122 times in international cricket.
‘I’m absolutely pumped. I’ve really enjoyed being back with the team in recent seasons and it’s exciting to be given the opportunity full-time this summer. Getting the chance to continue working with our batsmen is a great honour and I’m looking forward to seeing how I can help improve their games and best prepare them to perform at the highest level’, Ronchi said.
‘It’ll 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 added.
When he retired from international cricket in 2017, he has been involved with several Cricket Wellington’s development programmes. As a matter of fact, he was also a player-coach of Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, one of the most covered cricket leagues in the world especially in the latest cricket scores.
‘Luke’s got a very good cricket brain and is especially strong tactically. He has a positive mindset and is good at building relationships but he’s also not afraid to challenge people which is a really important aspect of coaching’, Bryan Stronach stated, the general manager of High Performance at New Zealand Cricket.
‘The feedback we got from the players and team support staff at last year’s World Cup, in particular, was very positive and I know he’s looking forward to continuing his work with the team this summer. There’s no doubt that, alongside the batsmen, our wicket-keepers will also benefit from having Luke around’, he added.
On the other hand, five New Zealand players are still recovering from injuries. Tim Southee is suffering from a back problem while Henry Nicholls has calf issues. Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, and Colin de Grandhomme are also waiting for the results of their hip, foot, and calf scans. ‘Injuries are always a concern and we’re certainly monitoring each case closely with our medical staff’, Gary Stead said, the coach of the team.
‘Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme both have niggles and we are awaiting scan results on their respective injuries to ascertain the next steps. Likewise, Ajaz Patel had a scan on his left calf after suffering a setback in his return to play rehabilitation’, he added.
Stead also cleared that Southee and Nicholls are expected to join the team for the fourth round of the Plunket Shield.
Aside from these five injured players, Matt Henry will also take a rest for six weeks due to a thumb injury. He will most likely miss the start of the international summer.
He sustained his injury when he was struck on the hand during practice. Because of this, he might not secure a position for the upcoming T20 series against West Indies.