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Hesson extends NZ tenure

Coach Mike Hesson has extended his stay with New Zealand by signing a new two-year contract.

It is a major boost for the 39-year-old who took over two years ago when the Black Caps were in the doldrums after a poor run of defeats.

Their confidence was also rocked with the controversy surrounding the axing of the popular Ross Taylor as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum.

However, his appointment has paid dividends, with the team winning their last three Test series against India at home and the West Indies at home and away.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Hesson's contract, which had been due to expire in April next year after the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, had been extended to April 2017.

White said: "Mike has worked incredibly hard to build our relatively young Test team into one that is now challenging the top sides in the world. His selections have also earned praise from some of the greats of the game."

Hesson, who coached provincial side Otago for six years and also had a stint in charge of the Kenya national team, stated he was looking forward to taking New Zealand to the World Cup and beyond.

He said: "It's a really exciting time for the sport with the World Cup at home, our senior players performing well, and a promising group of youngsters who are all fighting for World Cup spots."