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Mike Hesson to stay in charge of New Zealand until 2017

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand Cricket says it has extended the contract of national coach Mike Hesson to April 2017.

Hesson, who took over the team in 2012, was to leave after next year's World Cup, but the 39-year-old has agreed to continue in his role as coach and a selector.

Under Hesson, New Zealand achieved test series wins over India and the West Indies at home last season, and over the West Indies in the Caribbean.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said "it's great news for the players and for the sport to have consistency in this role for our flagship team for nearly five years."

White said Hesson formed a strong partnership with captain Brendon McCullum, whom he appointed to the test and one-day roles after sacking Ross Taylor.

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