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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 July, 2003, 22:03 GMT 23:03 UK
Bracewell takes Kiwi post
John Bracewell
Bracewell turned down Sri Lanka
New Zealand have appointed former off-spinner John Bracewell as their new coach.

Bracewell, who is currently Director of Cricket for English county side Gloucestershire, will start his new job in November and has agreed a three-year contract.

He was linked with the job of Sri Lanka coach earlier this year, but decided to stay loyal to his county.

But the lure of New Zealand, for whom he played 41 Tests and 53 one-day internationals, proved too tough to resist.

"I am honoured to have been appointed to this position," said Bracewell.

"It is only one step away from the honour of playing for your country.

Bracewell was quick to pay tribute to the Gloucestershire set-up.

We will be very sorry to see him go
Tom Richardson
Gloucs chief executive

"It has always been a stated ambition and understanding with the club that I wish to develop my skills to the point where I could coach to international level.

"I will always be grateful for the opportunity that Gloucestershire have given me to advance my skills.

"It has been an honour to work in the English County game."

Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson said: "We are all extremely pleased for John and have every confidence that he will prove to be a successful international coach.

"However, we will be very sorry to see him go."

Lindsay Crocker replaces Jeff Crowe as New Zealand's new team manager.

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