Former BLACKCAPS opening batsman Matthew Bell has been an assistant coach of the WHITE FERNS side since mid-2014. He had previously coached Wellington representative age-group teams and also has experience as a personal trainer. His primary role is as a batting coach for the Ferns, as well as having some focus on strength and conditioning.
Initially representing Northern Districts, Bell played the bulk of his own career for the Wellington Firebirds and made his One-Day International debut against Zimbabwe in October, 1998.
He made his Test debut against India at his home ground, the Basin Reserve, on Boxing Day that year, but struggled for a score of note until he hit 83 at old Trafford against England.
It would be a stop-start international career, selected again for the BLACKCAPS' opening two Tests in India in 1999, returning to play against Pakistan in 2001 when he scored 75 in the second Test and his maiden Test century (105) in the third. He played a further four One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka before dropping back into domestic cricket, captaining Wellington with success and enjoying prolific form with the bat.
He opened the 2007/08 season with a career-best 265 against the Devon Hotel Central Stags and, after a six-year absence, was recalled to the BLACKCAPS, scoring his second Test century against Bangladesh. He retired as a player in 2011.