New Zealand head coach Gary Stead signs new deal until after 2023 World Cup

Gary Stead has been reappointed as New Zealand men’s cricket coach until after the next one-day World Cup in India in 2023.

Stead signed a two-year deal to succeed Mike Hesson in 2018 and has continued to build the side, guiding them to a second successive World Cup final last year.

They are also ranked second in the world Test rankings following series wins over England and India.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be re-appointed. I think this group of players is growing as a team,” Stead said in a statement.

“I know everyone is feeling very optimistic about our chances in all three formats.”

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White said the reappointment had been the subject of a “robust” review process that involved consultation with the players.

Local media had reported there was some tension between Stead and captain Kane Williamson – which both parties have denied – although Williamson has said any differences of opinion were based around how to improve the team.

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