NZ coach offers to quit - report

Greatbatch willing to stand down after poor run of form

Last Updated: 13/12/10 10:30pm

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Greatbatch: uncertain future

Greatbatch: uncertain future

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New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch is willing to resign following his side's 11-match losing streak in one-day internationals, according to a report in the Dominion Post newspaper.

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"If it's in the best interests of New Zealand cricket to make a change. I'd accept that."
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Greatbatch admitted the run of defeats, which includes series whitewashes in Bangladesh and India, is "shocking" but also defended the job being done by himself and skipper Daniel Vettori.

New Zealand Cricket have launched a review into the 5-0 ODI series loss against an under-strength India team - and that will include an examination of Greatbatch's position.

"I've been asked to do this job through to the World Cup and I'm committed to that," said Greatbatch.

"If it's in the best interests of New Zealand cricket to make a change. I'd accept that.

"At the end of the day, it is about us winning games and becoming better. We are struggling to find that consistency and if it's me, it's me."


Vettori's workload - but not his position as skipper - is also set to come under scrutiny in NZC's review.

The left-arm spinner currently functions as captain, bowling spearhead, middle-order batsman, part-time coach and selector.

"In the public's eyes, I'm the coach. But in reality, I took the job as the batting coach and as a person to help Dan in other areas like selection and to take a load off him at times," added Greatbatch.

"I feel for Dan at the moment. He is pretty battered and bruised but he keeps going."

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