New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday appointed former wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi as the batting coach of the national team. Ronchi will now replace Peter Fulton after the former stepped down from the post in July this year.
Fulton joined Canterbury as the head coach due to the personal reasons and as it was close to his hometown and also train his home team.
The 39-year-old Ronchi has played four Tests, 85 ODIs and 33 T20Is in his career before retiring from the international cricket on June 22, 2017.
“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” Ronchi said.
Luke Ronchi is the only player to have played for both Australia and New Zealand, will now take over the position in the coming two weeks.
“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” he added.
Ever since retiring from the international circuit, the wicket-keeper batsman has been a part of Pakistan Super League as head coach of Islamabad United. Besides, he has closely worked in Cricket Wellington’s development programmes.
“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.” Ronchi concluded.