New Zealand in West Indies 2014 May 9, 2014

McMillan joins New Zealand as batting coach

ESPNcricinfo staff
25

Craig McMillan has been named New Zealand's batting coach for the upcoming tour of the West Indies. In April the position was vacated by Bob Carter, who quit to take up a high-performance role in New Zealand's setup, and although McMillan's appointment is temporary at this stage, he could earn the job full-time if he impresses on the Caribbean tour.

McMillan, 37, played 55 Tests and 197 one-day internationals for New Zealand between 1997 and 2007, and since his retirement has worked in both commentary and coaching. He was the batting coach for Canterbury when they won the Plunket Shield last season and worked with New Zealand during the Wellington Test against West Indies in December when Carter was absent.

"It's a career path I'm looking forward to pursuing," McMillan told the Dominion Post this week. "I really enjoyed those few days and that's part of the reason why I applied. It's a great group of guys with a strong work ethic and they want to improve."

Lindsay Crocker, the head of cricket with NZC, said McMillan was the right man for the job. "We had a number of strong applicants from New Zealand and abroad, but overall we felt that Craig was the best fit for the role," Crocker said.

"Apart from being a former player himself, Craig's worked with Canterbury Cricket and also spent some time in the Black Caps' camp. His commentary work has also given him extensive knowledge of both the Black Caps and West Indies squads and those qualities placed him ahead of the other candidates."

A full-time batting coach will be named after the end of the West Indies tour. New Zealand fly to the Caribbean in late May for three Tests and two Twenty20 internationals.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Captainman on May 11, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Don't think it will make much difference. NZ lack enough talent and interest.

  • choppa13 on May 11, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @yorkers totally agree alot of comments regarding Fleming crowe and astle only make sense if they applied for the job and I would bet my bottom dollar that they didn't apply. Macca could be an excellent decision or it could blow up in there face. At this level the players should already know there techniques and strengths so the appointment of a batting coach in my opinion is to just lend advice and help out when needed, pretty much a waste of money in my opinion. Cheers

  • TheDreadPirateRoberts on May 10, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    Not sure how much McMillian has to offer, given the NZ batsmen ALREADY KNOW how to throw their wickets away playing irresponsible shots.

  • hokeypokey on May 10, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    @bellbird, mental toughness? Eg taylor..taylor showed everyone how to be mentally tough after being told he wasnt a leader before that test in sri lanka, we all no what happend after that, and then continually perform with the side show of nzc in the rear vision mirror. .I would say latherm will benefit most with mcmillian on tour. But at least I could push the mute button and put on radiosport on during the cricket season, the players cant..missd opportunity I feel for nzl, to get a worldclass coach with qualifications.

  • android_user on May 10, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Stephen fleming should have applied .I wonder why he is not considered .Anyways best of luck to mcmillan .

  • dummy4fb on May 10, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Completely agree with Gagg

  • dummy4fb on May 10, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    McMillan started off as a very good test batsman, but faded out towards the end of his career. I remember him playing some of the best cover drives going around the international stage, but for some reason he put all his Orthodox shots away at the end. This could be a good move. Craig has been working with the up and coming school kids, developing them. I have seen his results personally at his training sessions. If he can translate that success in the world stage then look out. Fingers crossed aye.

  • Bellbird on May 10, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    He will be a fantastic batting coach and here is why. Our players generally don't need coaching on their batting style, that's comes naturally. What they do need is mental toughness to go from good to great, like Taylor for example. Macca used to drive me nuts as well when he went out stupidly but you ask any of his opposition (Warne for example) and they will tell you they would much prefer he wasn't in the opposition team! He is in your face and would never back down no matter who the bowler. This is why he would have been picked. He may not of been the best batsmen in the country but if he can teach the likes of Williamson and some of the younger guys how to back themselves then they will be better for it. You watch!

  • Yorkers on May 9, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Let's try and put some clarity around these comments shall we. Firstly, congratulations NZ Cricket on appointing someone with some pedigree. Point 1: Did Martin Crowe, Stephen Fleming or Nathan Astle apply? 2: The majority of players at this level have very good technique for their own style of play. The game is not about making robots but advising and allowing that advice to be used when deemed necessary by the player or at that point should he deem not to use it he gets found out. Every player in the world trhoughout time has lost his wicket through one of many reasons which hasn't changed. 3: It is entirely possible that coach and captain have been the ones to blame for a players poor performance in the past through possibly giving a player adverse instruction as he heads to the middle.

    NZC appointed Mike Hesson to caoch and the majority screamed foul play, but, he has gathered aorund himself a really good team and this could well be a really good move.

  • dummy4fb on May 9, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Great players don't make great coaches and bad players don't make bad coaches... Don't judge McMillian because of his playing career. Unless you've seen him during a coaching session with Canterbury, don't assume he's a bad coach. He obviously did something right, given the success they had down there.

  • No featured comments at the moment.