Heads were likely to role in the New Zealand camp after the debacles in Bangladesh and India. Thus, it comes as no surprise that New Zealand Cricket has replaced coach Mark Greatbatch with former India coach John Wright. Greatbatch was slated to carry on his post till after the World Cup 2011. But his tenure was cut short due to his evident inefficacy in ending New Zealand's long losing streak.
Wright will take over the role immediately, but there is a consolation prize for Greatbatch. He had been appointed the convener of a three-man selection panel that will also include Glenn Turner and Lance Cairns.
One of Wright's major objective will be to reverse New Zealand's poor one-day form, after they suffered clean-sweeps in the Indian subcontinent over the last two months. The team has lost 11 consecutive ODIs, hardly the sort of lead-up they desired ahead of February's World Cup, and they have also won only two tests of their past 19 such encounters.
"I look at particularly the one day team and they have potential," Wright said. "But the trick is to help the players find that consistency, find how to rediscover their form and confidence."
Wright is contracted until after the West Indies tour in 2012, and his appointment completes his return to the international scene after he completed a five-year stint as India's coach in 2005. He knows that his task is cut out for him.
Wright will be the fourth coach New Zealand have had in just over two years. John Bracewell was the long-standing mentor until his departure in Dec 2008, and his replacement Andy Moles lasted less than a year before Greatbatch was brought on board in Jan this year.