Cricket: White Ferns appoint former Blackcaps opener Dean Brownlie as new batting coach

Former Blackcaps batter Dean Brownlie has been appointed as the new White Ferns batting coach.

Brownlie joins the NZ women's set-up from a stint with the Blackcaps coaching group for the series against the Netherlands and the T20 World Cup in Australia.

The Australian-born opener represented New Zealand in all three formats, playing 14 tests, 16 one-day internationals and five Twenty20 internationals, before retiring at the end of the 2019/20 season. 

He also played for Canterbury and Northern Districts at domestic level through an 11-year first-class career.

Brownlie, 38, looks forward to helping develop what he believes is a very talented White Ferns batting line-up.

"This batting group has a mix of world-class players and exciting young players coming through as well, so there's a unique playing dynamic that I hope to add value to," Brownlie said.

"I've been fortunate to experience cricket all around the world in different conditions and I want to be able to share my knowledge of the game to help take this batting group to the next level.

"There's some really experienced players in this group that know their game really well and will require support when needed, and there's younger players who are just starting out on their international cricket journey, who I can provide a bit more guidance with, so it's individual with how I will contribute."

Brownlie's first assignment will be the upcoming ODI and T20 series against Bangladesh, with one eye on next year's T20 World Cup in South Africa.

Joining Brownlie in the White Ferns coaching staff is new spin-bowling coach Craig Howard.

The former Victoria first-class cricketer brings a wealth of spin experience to the group, after previously holding roles with Cricket Australia, South Australia and Adelaide Strikers. 

Howard, who was involved in the recent tour to the West Indies, joins on a tour-by-tour basis.

Dean Brownlie in action for the Blackcaps in 2017.
Dean Brownlie in action for the Blackcaps in 2017. Photo credit: Getty Images

"The side is fortunate to have some very talented young spinners," said Howard.

"With the World Cup around the corner, we will mainly continue to work on their strategy and mindset in the different formats and phases, making sure they’re high percentage and giving them the best chance of performing their role, which will be to limit the oppositions ability to score and take wickets."

Head coach Ben Sawyer says the addition of both Brownlie and Howard is a significant boost for his side.

"Dean and Craig both have really impressive CVs, and we know they'll be able to add a huge amount of value to this group," said Sawyer.

"It's now about putting that all together and producing performances against Bangladesh that help continue our momentum heading into the World Cup next year."

The first White Ferns T20 against Bangladesh is scheduled for Christchurch's Hagley Oval on Friday.