Cricket NSW today appointed former NSW and Australian fast bowler Anthony Stuart as the Coach of the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues for the next two seasons.
Stuart, 41, who hails from Newcastle, enjoyed a successful playing career as a right-arm fast bowler. He represented NSW in 26 First Class matches, taking 70 wickets at an average of 30.82. In addition, he played three One-Day Internationals for Australia, which included a famous hat-trick against Pakistan at the MCG in 1996/97.
Stuart recently returned to Australia after five years as Coach of Wellington in the New Zealand domestic competition. He also coached the New Zealand A team during this time.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive David Gilbert expressed his delight at the appointment: “Anthony’s time in New Zealand has served him well. His passion, determination and disciplined approach to coaching will greatly benefit the RTA Speedblitz Blues. Further, his acute knowledge of Cricket NSW’s programs, and his intense desire for success, made him the ideal person to lead our young and talented squad.”
Stuart himself was looking forward to starting in the role: “I am extremely honoured to get the opportunity to coach the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues. There is an excellent blend of experience and young talent within the squad and I look forward to working with an exciting group of players that are well placed to compete in the domestic competitions.”