Nash joins Turner in the Kiwi selection panel

Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Wellington:Former New Zealand international Dion Nash replaces Ross Dykes in the four-member national selection panel headed by Sir Richard Hadlee.

Kiwi coach John Bracewell and former opener Glenn Turner who came in for Brian McKechnie are the other two members of the panel.

It is worth recalling that Nash was well known for his aggressive and hard-minded attitude that includes an altercation with Turner, who was then the coach, during the West Indies tour in 1996.

"It was a pretty tumultuous time and I probably did butt heads with Glenn a bit," The Dominion Post quoted Nash as saying.

"But he's a guy I have total respect for and I don't think there is a cricketer in New Zealand who wouldn't say that. Despite all the water that's gone under the bridge, he was one of the real attractions of the job for me."

However, the 33-year-old former Kiwi all-rounder sounded optimistic on his new assignment. "I feel there are positives in having the younger perspective I can bring. That, surely, would outweigh any relationships with players," he was quoted as saying in the leading Kiwi daily The New Zealand Herald.

"I'm looking forward to working with some pretty strong-minded guys. I imagine there will be some long meetings. It will be the chance to put our egos aside and work together for the good of the game."

Brushing aside suggestions that his proximity to some of the current players would hinder him in his task, Nash chose to look at the positives of having played international cricket as recently as three seasons back.

Nash admitted that one of the challenges would be for New Zealand to identify the playing style which would work best for them.

"One of the things that impressed me with Australia last summer was they seemed to know their playing style and they stayed true to it. I don't think we know our playing style. If we can make that decision and the players know what the selectors are looking for, then I think we can move forward."

Nash also had a few good words to say about his predecessor. "One of his (Ross Dykes) skills was to get alongside coaches and players at provincial level. Players are always appreciative when selectors take time to watch domestic cricket. Good players listen to everyone and then pick and choose what advice they will take. It should be no different for a selector."

In a chequered career depleted by injuries, Nash played 32 Tests (93 wickets at 28.48) and 81 One-day Internationals (624 runs at 15.60 and 64 wickets ) before calling it a day in 2001-02. The genial Kiwi has also led the Black Caps in three Tests.

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