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Jurgensen set to become BLACKCAPS most experienced coach - NZC

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Shane Jurgensen has signed on as BLACKCAPS bowling coach for another two years, extending his second tenure with the side after re-joining in 2016.

Jurgensen’s new deal with NZC will take him through to the end of 2022, by which time he will have been in charge of the bowlers for a total of nine years, including an earlier stint from 2008-2010.

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The former Queensland fast-bowler has built a strong coaching resume since finishing his playing career in 2007.

During 2012 to 2015, he most notably helped Bangladesh rise up the world rankings, which included a whitewash of the touring BLACKCAPS in 2013, while he’s also coached the Fiji national side and consulted to Cricket Scotland at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Jurgensen, who resides in Omokoroa with his family, said it was a straight forward decision to stay on as BLACKCAPS bowling coach.

"It’s a huge honour to continue my coaching journey with New Zealand Cricket," he said.

"I love my job and feel lucky to have been involved with such a special group of players and support staff for the past five years.

"We’ve had some amazing experiences as a team and I’m looking forward to working alongside Gary and Kane as we prepare for an exciting summer.

"It’s a privilege to work with such a world class bowling unit and I’m proud of the depth we’ve added to the group which has us well prepared for the variety of challenges ahead."

Coach Gary Stead acknowledged Jurgensen’s contribution to the BLACKCAPS and the wider NZC coaching system.

"Shane’s done an outstanding job with the bowlers over the past five years and you only have to look at their performances to see his impact.

"He obviously possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, but I think it’s his planning and work ethic that has helped get the best out of our top players consistently.

"His influence also extends beyond the BLACKCAPS with his knowledge and leadership helping shape the wider NZC pace-bowling system which is already reaping rewards.

"Shane’s a terrific character to have on our team and we look forward to having his energy and passion around the group for another couple of years."

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