Apr 292013

Former New Zealand batsman Matt Horne has been appointed coach of Auckland to replace the departed Paul Strang.

Horne is promoted after serving as Auckland Cricket’s “network coach” for four years and a stint as head coach at the end of the 2012-13 domestic campaign when he guided them to victory in the one-day competition.

The 42-year-old says he is pleased to have been confirmed in the role, which he described as a natural step in his career.

“Having that last part of the season in the role really gave me an idea of what the position is all about and confirmed for me that it’s where I want to be,” Horne said.

“There’s a winter of hard work ahead but I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in and doing the groundwork to try and make next season a successful one for the Aces.”

Former Zimbabwe spin bowler Strang stepped down in February after a four-year tenure and was an assistant to Horne for the one-day competition.

Horne had a batting average of 28.4 across 35 Tests and took an attacking approach in his 50 one-day internationals.

His domestic career at Auckland and Otago spanned 14 years.


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