McMillan to step down as New Zealand’s batting coach after the World Cup

Craig McMillan to step down as New Zealand batting coach after 2019 World Cup cricket

Craig McMillan (right): “I sort of knew within myself that it was time for a change for me”

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New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan has announced that he will step down from his position after the World Cup.

McMillan, who has occupied the role for five years after being drafted in by Mike Hesson in 2014, revealed that one of the main reasons for his decision was the fact that the hectic international schedule was becoming too much of a burden on him and his family.

“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 ESPNcricinfo. “It just gets more and more every year. And I sort of knew within myself that it was time for a change for me.”

Pinpointing the highlight of his tenure, McMillan chose New Zealand’s 2015 World Cup campaign, where the Black Caps made it to their first-ever final before losing to Australia.

“To be involved in such an incredible World Cup on home soil and see the way the country embraced the team was really special,” he said. “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.”

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has worked with McMillan for more than half his career and lauded the 42-year-old for the impact he has had.

“Macca has a huge passion for the game and he’s constantly trying to challenge players to get better,” he said. “He has a lot of cricket knowledge and will certainly be missed by the group, although maybe his fielding warm-ups on those cold mornings won’t be.”

With McMillan departing after the World Cup, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White confirmed that his successor will appointed prior to the team’s tour of Sri Lanka in August.

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