Former New Zealand cricketer John Bracewell is set to be appointed as the head coach of the Ireland cricket team. The hunt for the new head coach was finally done and dusted when Bracewell was selected for the post. Bracewell will replace Trinidadian Phil Simmons, who now is the head coach of the West Indies.
As per reports, Cricket Ireland chose the services of John Bracewell over former South African all rounder Dale Benkenstein. The premier reason behind opting for Bracewell was that he was more experienced than Bekenstein. Bracewell previously coached the Kiwis from 2003 to 2008. As a player, Bracewell’s career lasted for ten years from 1980 to 1990. In the span, he represented New Zealand in 41 test matches and 53 One Day Internationals.
The New Zealander in the past has worked with the director of Ireland high-performance, Richard Holdsworth, captain William Porterfield and Irish star Kevin O’Brien. This stint happened when Bracewell was in charge of Gloucestershire cricket.
Warren Deutrom, the chief executive of Ireland Cricket did not specifically mention Bracewell’s name but gave enough hints. He said, “We want to be a Test country, so we have appointed a coach who knows what Test cricket looks like, and knows how to build a structure to give us the best chance of achieving that.”
Bracewell though, will not be the coach when hosts Ireland take on England on the 8th of May. An inexperienced English side has been named with middle order batsman James Taylor as the skipper. This would be Ireland’s best opportunity to beat England.