New Zealand news September 4, 2014

McMillan named New Zealand batting coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Test batsman Craig McMillan has joined New Zealand as their full-time batting coach for the next two years. McMillan filled the role temporarily during their recent tour of the West Indies after Bob Carter's departure earlier this year and has just returned home from a successful New Zealand A tour of England.

He will now be part of the permanent setup, joining head coach Mike Hesson, who on Wednesday had his contract extended until 2017, and bowling coach Shane Bond. New Zealand Cricket's head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said McMillan had established a good rapport with the players over the past few months.

"The West Indies and NZA tours were his first as a coach at that level, and we're very happy with his development," Crocker said. "He's been awarded his two-year contract on that basis and I'm confident he'll continue to form an excellent coaching trio with Mike and Shane."

McMillan played 55 Tests for New Zealand from 1997 to 2005, scored six centuries and averaged 38.46. In 197 one-day internationals he scored three hundreds and averaged 28.18. He retired from first-class cricket in 2007.

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  • paul on September 8, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @cricketnut...........I would open with Guptill ,McCullum, then Williamson, Taylor , Ryder , Anderson, Ronchi, Nessham , N McCullum / Vettori, Southee , Boult,

    If NZ are serious about winning then they need to include Ryder ... he has been very strong as an all rounder this season.....if you needed to bring in another quick (and I don't mean Mills) then Nessham would go.

  • Leo on September 8, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    I definitely agree, Ryder and Vettori should both be in the side, pragmatically speaking though, it is unlikely either would be available, I believe Ronchi has proved himself throughout the Indian and West Indies home series, but Watling would also be a good choice. It would definitely restructure the side and would lead to a different approach, and perhaps considering McCullum and Anderson are all ready explosive then another hitter isn't required. As for Boult in the side, unless he proves himself prior to the world cup i don't think its wise to just throw him into the side. Test orientated bowlers have a propensity to be expensive.

  • jared on September 7, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    since we are picking teams for the world cup, heres mine, first without ryder, 1. guptill, 2. watling (keeper) 3. williamson 4. taylor 5. mccullum 6. anderson 7. neesham 8. southee 9. mills 10. vettori 11. henry 12. n.mccullum with ryder. 1. guptill 2. ryder 3. williamson 4. taylor 5. mccullum 6. anderson 7. watling 8. southee 9. mills 10. vettori 11. henry 12. neesham some will say watling is too slow to open but not me and someone like him at the top increases the chances of only being 3 down at the 35th over, which seems to be the black caps approach these days, it also allows neesham in the xi which gives us fire power at the death, vettori for mccullum just because he is a class above with the ball and can win us games with his 10 over spell but if the wicket is slow drop a seamer and play both. if ryder is available he has to play he is a match winner, like vettori he can win you a game on his own

  • Jordan on September 6, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Imo Watling has showed far and away enough in limited overs to get into the side ahead of Ronchi. People have began seeing Watling as someone who digs in at the end of an innings, but he plays that role in tests because its what we NEED of him. The bloke can smash a ball and has been well known in provincial circles of smashing 50 ball 100s. Especially recently.... He is in the form of his life.

    As for Boult/Southee in ODI's, I actually don't think Southee is our best limited overs bowler anymore. He used to have an amazing yorker on him but that death bowling part in Southees game has died down a lot... He has began conceding quite a few runs. Boult on the other hand has looked absolute class, and when you have Henry (who has been our best bowler on the A tour) there is an argument to be made for Southee to drop out at some point and concerntrate on tests.

    Its also well worth noting that Southee and Boults bowling stats are FARRRRRRRRR better when bowled together than w/o the other

  • Curtis on September 5, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    @cricleo agree with most of your team with exceptions of Neesham in for Rochi, Vettori for N.Mccullum, Boult at 10 for Henry, Boult and Southee are by far and away our best seam bowlers. Rochi, Henry, N.Mccullum, Watling, as reserves. After W.C throw Sodhi in there for all ODIs and tests

  • Leo on September 5, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    @22many This is the side for the ODI world cup, so patel not considered. Even so, he is far to inconsistent, and it would be more logical to world with Sodhi now ahead of patel as the leg spin aspect is invaluable.

    Andrew Brighton I agree Neesham deserves a place somewhere, he is just yet to prove him in the limit overs format, so it's hard to know if he can be relied on solely as a batsmen as well as a 4th seamer. Unrealistic at this time to include Ryder, until he and the selectors both deem him available for selection. It's also tough to drop someone for his place, the best option would be for latham to take over the gloves as you say, except Lathams glove skills are iffy and Ronchi has proves himself as a good late innings hitter.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    The key to the appointment is really weather McMillian is respected by the players. The current setup is clearly very tight and the leadership of Hesson and McCullum is working as the players buy in to their goals and methods. McMillian needs to add to this not detract from it.

    This is why Ryder isn't needed in the team, despite his skill set & playing role offering so much to the team, he creates conflict.

    I agree with Crickleo's team except I think Neesham must be in the team either in Latham's place to provide the quick starts Ryder was previously or in place of Ronchi with Latham taking the gloves. I think its harsh to exclude Mills after years of excellent service and with him still performing credibly. Hes not flashy but hes very effective. However, he is a liability in an otherwise outstanding fielding team.

  • Jon on September 4, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    If we needed someone to teach our players how to bat correctly then we'd just hire M.D Crowe or Turner every time, but that's not the problem.

    New Zealand batsman have been suffering from an inferiority complex for decades, so we need someone who will instil some self-belief.

    McMillan could occasionally be reckless but he always backed himself. If some of his belligerence and sheer doggedness rubs off on our current crop it wouldn't be a bad thing.

  • Tom on September 4, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @Crickleo, a strong side but the only contentious spot would be Latham's. He is a great player but Ryder is the guy we need to win the WC by getting us off to flying starts and then kane and taylor to stabilize with 5,6,7 blasting at the end.

  • paul on September 4, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    @Crickleo.........I would have Patel as our premium spinner.

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