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Buchanan named New Zealand director of cricket

cricket Updated: Apr 15, 2011 10:52 IST

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Former Australia coach John Buchanan has been named New Zealand's director of cricket, a new position which will govern most high-performance aspects of the sport in New Zealand.

The 58-year-old was confirmed in the position Friday and will take up his role in May, New Zealand Cricket said.

NZC said Buchanan will establish New Zealand's new high-performance program, implement a consistent coaching philosophy across the country, build a talent identification system and oversee the national selection panel.

He was Australia coach for eight years from 1999, guiding it to three World Cup titles and a record 16 test-match victories in a row.