Cricket: Blackcaps batting coach Craig McMillan to step down after World Cup

Craig McMillan will step down as Blackcaps batting coach after the Cricket World Cup.

McMillan has been in the role for five years and he feels the time is right to move on after the tournament in July.

The former New Zealand international was hired to assist then-coach Mike Hesson in 2014 and has contributed to a period of unprecedented success for the Blackcaps.

He highlights reaching the Cricket World Cup final in 2015 as a proud moment during his tenure.  

"It's been an amazing experience and one I’ve immensely enjoyed," McMillan said.

"To help coach the national team on the world stage has been a real honour, and I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with so many good people and in such a great environment.

"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.

"To see the records they've accomplished has been very satisfying, as has the development of younger players like Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls.

"I'll certainly miss the job, but I'm excited to pursue some other coaching opportunities and, of course, spend some more time at home with the family."

Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson said McMillan would be missed by the entire squad.

"Macca has a huge passion for the game and he’s constantly trying to challenge players to get better.

"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."

McMillan is taking a short scheduled break through the three-game ODI series against Bangladesh, before returning for the three-test series to end the home summer.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the planning for McMillan's replacement will begin shortly and their first assignment would be the test tour of Sri Lanka in August.

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