Heinrich Malan joins NZ support staff

Heinrich Malan

Heinrich Malan, the Auckland Aces head coach, will join New Zealand for the tour of England as a part of the support staff. Malan will work with head coach Gary Stead, bowling coach Shane Jurgensen and batting coach Luke Ronchi.

New Zealand will play England during a two-Test series from June 2 before the planet Test Championship final against India. Malan, however, won’t be a part of the WTC final from June 18.

Malan has previously worked with the national side and has also led New Zealand A in India and UAE. “It’s such an awesome opportunity,” he said. “I’ve loved my previous experiences working within the Blackcaps environment and it’s truly a privilege to be a part of such a high-performing team.

“It’s another step in my personal development as a teacher and that I hope I can learn the maximum amount as possible to require back to my domestic role next season.”

Malan’s role is going to be to specialize in fielding while also helping the additional players within the extended squad. “With an extended squad of 20 for this tour we felt a fourth coach would be very beneficial to our preparations,” Stead said. “Heinrich may be a quality coach who knows our surroundings well – so was a perfect option to join us for this tour.

“It’s also another positive for our development pathways which still produce not just international-ready players, but also coaches.”

Malan featured in 10 first-class matches and nine List A games scoring 296 and 164 runs respectively between 2005 and 2009.

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