Other interesting news in the announcement are
- Dayle Hadlee has been appointed bowling coach and Australian Mark O'Neill will be batting coach
- John Wright will join NZC's High Performance Programme in some as yet undetermined capacity
- Bracewell will no longer have final say over selections
The other changes are very interesting however.
It is very good to hear that John Wright will be involved with the team. He was a very good coach of India and many of the Indian players flourished under him (many of whom are now struggling).
It is particularly good news that we have good specialist bowling and batting coaches. It always seems that we perform well as a team while the players generally fail to excel personally. If we could combine our impressive team performances with some strong individual performances, we must be much more successful.
I am also pleased with the fact that Bracewell's powers will be slightly curtailed. While it may be the case that he has never used his selection veto, right from the beginning I had the sense that he was being made out to be bigger than the team. I recall when he was first appointed that it was thought that his veto over selections might interfere with the dynamic Fleming had with the team.