Craig McMillan to step down as New Zealand batting coach after World Cup 2019
McMillan has served in the position from 2014 and wants to move on.
Updated - Feb 11, 2019 12:56 pm
New Zealand’s batting coach Craig McMillan has decided to quit from his role after the World Cup in the UK. The 42-year-old was appointed to the esteemed position by Mike Hesson five years ago in 2014. His departure continues the change in senior coaching roles following Gary Stead coming in as a replacement for Hesson last year.
The former Kiwi batsman cited the heavy demands of their international schedule as one of the key reasons for his decision to move on besides his family’s sacrifice. The Christchurch born said the conclusion of the showpiece tournament was the right time to move on after five years in the job which saw New Zealand performing exceptionally well in the International arena.
Family has made lot of sacrifices
“I spoke to the family because they are the ones that have had to make a lot of sacrifices over the last five years, just with the amount of cricket in this day and age,” McMillan was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “It just gets more and more every year. And I sort of knew within myself that it was time for a change for me.”
The veteran of 197 ODIs opined that he was very lucky to have worked with some of the best batsmen the country has ever produced and mentioned the names of Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson. He conveyed that reaching the finals of the World Cup 2015 was the highlight of his stint as batting coach. New Zealand put up an impressive show in the mega-event, reaching the final of the tournament.
Privilege to work with McCullum, Williamson & Taylor
“To be involved in such an incredible World Cup on home soil and see the way the country embraced the team was really special. 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; as has the development of younger players like Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls.” he further added.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson paid tribute to 55 Test matches former Kiwi batsman by referring to his huge passion for the game and his ability to challenge players to get better. He jokingly said his cricket knowledge will be missed in the group but not his early morning fielding drills in the cold weather. Meanwhile David White, the NZC CEO, said a new batting coach would be appointed in time for the Test tour of Sri Lanka in August.