Gary Stead

Gary Raymond Stead (born 9 January 1972) is a New Zealand cricket coach and former cricketer who is the head coach of the New Zealand cricket team, having been appointed in August 2018.

Gary Stead
Personal information
Full nameGary Raymond Stead
Born (1972-01-09) 9 January 1972 (age 49)
Christchurch, New Zealand
RelationsDavid Stead (father)
Janice Stead (aunt)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 207)11 March 1999 v South Africa
Last Test26 December 1999 v West Indies
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA
Matches 5 101 103
Runs scored 278 4,984 2,173
Batting average 34.75 32.15 27.85
100s/50s 0/2 10/24 2/10
Top score 78 190 101*
Balls bowled 6 1,053 48
Wickets 0 9 1
Bowling average 65.22 43.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 4/58 1/20
Catches/stumpings 2/– 46/– 37/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 May 2017

A top-order batsman, Stead played five Tests in nine months in 1999, averaging 34.75 and never being dismissed in single figures. Against South Africa he showed his great character at Wellington, supported by two personal fan clubs, and digging in and scoring 68 and 33,[1] but after two mediocre performances against West Indies he was dropped. His Test call-up had come after eight years of first-class cricket with Canterbury, and he led them for five seasons from 1998–99 in a period when they struggled.

After he finished playing, he took up coaching and became coach of the successful New Zealand women's team. In August 2018, New Zealand Cricket appointed Stead coach of the New Zealand men's team, succeeding Mike Hesson.[2]

After New Zealand's loss in a Super over against England in the 2019 World Cup, Stead criticised the decision of the ICC to go to a tie break and raised the idea of sharing the World Cup Trophy, a system that was in place for the 2015 World Cup.[3]


  1. "New Zealand v South Africa, Wellington 1998-99". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. "Stead named BLACKCAPS Head Coach". New Zealand Cricket. Archived from the original on 15 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. "Sharing World Cup 'something that should be considered' - New Zealand coach". ESPNcricinfo. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.