New Zealand batting coach Peter Fulton has stepped down from his role as announced in a statement by New Zealand cricket on Thursday. Fulton will proceed to coach his home first-class side, Canterbury. The previous year, Peter Fulton succeeded Craig Mcmillan in that position. Mcmillan held the spot for nearly five years before giving up after the 2019 World Cup in which New Zealand made it to the final against England.
Peter Fulton played international cricket from 2006 to 2012 as a top-order batsman across formats. The 41-year-old’s top-level career never really took off, featuring in only 72 international games. One-day international cricket can be called his strongest suit in which he managed 1334 runs at 32.54 in 49 matches. As far as Peter Fulton’s Test career goes, he scored 967 runs in 25 fixtures with two tons. The right-handed batsman also had 12 T20I appearances.
Peter Fulton stated that the role with Canterbury seemed in line with his aspirations to be a head coach and gain further stronghold of the game. The veteran also cited spending more time with family and serving his home province as incentives to take up the job.
“The Canterbury role appealed to me in terms of my aspirations to be a head coach and further my development in the game. The chance to spend more time at home with my young family and coach my home province were also motivating factors in applying for the job,” the 41-year old said in a statement released by New Zealand cricket.
Peter Fulton worked with the national team in two away series and two home series:
In the past year leading up to his resignation, the batting coach worked with the Kiwi batters in away series against Australia and Sri Lanka. There were visits from England and India during this period, featuring four Tests. The Kiwis managed to draw the two-Test series in Sri Lanka after the 2019 World Cup while losing 3-0 to their Trans-Tasman rivals.
The hosts emerged victorious in a hard-fought two-Test rubber against England in November while beating Virat Kohli’s men comprehensively by 2-0. Peter Fulton commences his job with the Canterbury from the 1st of August.