Twenty-five years since he played his last game for Wellington, Bruce Edgar will return to where it all began as coach of the Firebirds.

The 39-test New Zealand opener, and more recently Black Caps selector, has signed a three-year contract to coach Wellington and succeed Jamie Siddons who departed to helm South Australia’s Redbacks.

Edgar, 58, became hot favourite for the job after parting ways with New Zealand Cricket in April, ending an 18-month stint as selector, then expressing interest when Siddons ended his four years at the helm.

Cricket Wellington (CW) chief executive Peter Clinton proudly confirmed Edgar’s appointment from a “very strong field” of 16 applicants from around the world, with a mix of first-class and international experience. He said it was a major step for CW and the future of the Firebirds, who are defending national Twenty20 champions.See more