Stuff – OPINION: Making it through one year, let alone six, was the burning Mike Hesson question for starters.
- Now it’s difficult to imagine someone else at the helm of New Zealand’s cricket team, such is the assured polish Hesson applied, the consistent results they produced and the respect he earned around the world.
- Under Brendon McCullum they rose to new heights but the timing was poor and some higher than Hesson in the New Zealand Cricket food chain were more culpable in the public relations disaster.
- When they were bowled out for 45 in South Africa in January 2013 they hit rock bottom, as a wounded McCullum and Hesson resolved to instil a new culture.
- Hesson’s reign coincided, and was assisted, by the rise of Williamson, Taylor and Trent Boult to the top few in the world in their respective crafts.
- But if the success of a coach is judged by leaving a team in a better state than he found it, Hesson gains a tick in bold print, and for his successor is a very tough act to follow.