Williams thrilled with tour role

28 November 2013 18:21:12 GMTPlus10

Former West Indies opening batsman Stuart Williams is delighted with his assistant coach's posting on the forthcoming tour of New Zealand.

The 44-year-old cut his teeth as a coach with the Leeward Islands, West Indies Under-19s and West Indies A, and is now looking forward to the chance to work at the highest level under Windies coach Ottis Gibson.

The opportunity came about after former assistant Toby Radford took the position of director of cricket at Glamorgan.

"I love the game of cricket and I love to work so this a natural fit for me. I'm really delighted to be given this opportunity to work with the West Indies team and I'm looking forward to this up-coming series here," said Williams, who played 31 Tests and 57 one-day internationals.

I love the game of cricket and I love to work so this a natural fit for me.

Stuart Williams

"I felt I did some good work during my time with the Under-19s, working alongside Roddy Estwick, and with the A team, working with Hendy Springer and Junior Bennett.

"This tour will be a chance to make another contribution. I have worked with just about everyone on the group, so I know them and they know me."

West Indies will play three Test matches, five one-day internationals and two T20 internationals against New Zealand in the coming weeks.

But they will be without Chris Gayle, who tore his hamstring in the recent one-day series opener in India and was replaced in the tour party by 20-year-old rookie Kraigg Brathwaite.

The first Test begins in Dunedin next Tuesday. New Zealand areĀ 1/1 to win the first Test while West Indies can be backed at 2/1. The draw is available at 10/3.

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