McMillan to quit as Black Caps batting coach after World Cup


WELLINGTON, Feb 11, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Former international Craig McMillan
announced Monday he will step down as New Zealand batting coach after this
year’s World Cup in England and Wales.

McMillan said the conclusion of the showpiece tournament was the right
time to move on after five years in the job, including helping New Zealand
reach the final of the 2015 World Cup.

“It’s been a privilege to be able to work with the likes of Brendon
McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor day-in and day-out and to see the
records they’ve accomplished has been very satisfying,” he said.

McMillan, who played 55 Tests and 197 one-day internationals for the Black
Caps, was given the role of batting mentor by former head coach Mike Hesson,
who was replaced by Gary Stead last year.

The 42-year-old said he would pursue other coaching opportunities after
the World Cup but did not specify what they might be.

The tournament runs from May 30 to July 14 and New Zealand Cricket said
McMillan’s replacement would be announced before the team depart for a tour
of Sri Lanka in August.