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New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson pens two-year contract extension

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has a singed a two-year contract extension to remain in charge until 2017.

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Former Kenya coach Hesson, who has been at the helm of the Black Caps since July 2012, has extended a deal that was due to expire after the Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand have enjoyed a superb run of form this year, claiming home and away Test series wins over the West Indies and beating India in both Test and one-day international series.

And Hesson has been now rewarded for the progress the team has made, with New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White quick to heap praise on the 39-year-old.

"It's great news for the players and for the sport to have consistency in this role for our flagship team for nearly five years," 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.

"How the team performed at home over the summer against both the West Indies and India showed that both Mike and [captain] Brendon [McCullum] have built a side capable of knocking over anyone on their day."

Hesson added: "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."

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