Mas­caren­has to quit as New Zealand bowl­ing coach

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The New Zealand cricket team are to lose their third bowl­ing coach in five years with Dim­itri Mas­caren­has an­nounc­ing Fri­day he will step down fol­low­ing next month's tour by Aus­tralia. The for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional, who took over the coach­ing po­si­tion less than a year ago, said he was step­ping down to spend more time with his fam­ily.

The 38-year-old fol­lows for­mer Black Cap Shane Bond and South Africa's Al­lan Don­ald, who have also filled the role since early 2011.

In that time they have de­vel­oped a bowl­ing sta­ble spear­headed by Trent Boult and Tim Southee, both top-10 Test bowlers, with Boult also the top-ranked ODI bowler.

"At first I thought I could bal­ance the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties but I no longer think that's fea­si­ble. I need to be closer to my fam­ily," Mas­caren­has said when an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion. "I had an amaz­ing time with the team. It's prob­a­bly been the best time I've had in cricket, ei­ther as a player or as a coach."

Head coach Mike Hes­son said he was sorry to be los­ing the English­man. "While ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed, we un­der­stand that fam­ily comes first and the de­mands of the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar are not al­ways com­pat­i­ble with that," he said. "We look for­ward to hav­ing Dimi with us through to the end of the Aus­tralian se­ries and wish him well in the fu­ture." New Zealand's se­cond and fi­nal Test in the Aus­tralia se­ries starts in Christchurch on Fe­bru­ary 20.

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