McMillan retained as Black Caps batting coach

01:52, Sep 04 2014
Craig McMillan
BATTING SUCCESS: Former New Zealand cricketer Craig McMillan has been retained as the Black Caps batting coach for two more years.

Craig McMillan has held on to his job as the Black Caps batting coach, gaining a two-year appointment.

The hard-hitting former middle order batsman filled the role on an interim basis for the recent tour of the West Indies, where the side won a rare away test series.

That flowed into a job on New Zealand A's just-completed tour of Britain where plenty of runs were scored.

McMillan has done enough to impress his bosses with his technical advice and rapport with players to secure a fulltime job.

"The West Indies and NZA tours were his first as a coach at that level, and we're very happy with his development," New Zealand Cricket head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said of McMillan.

"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 (head coach Mike Hesson) and Shane (bowling Coach Shane Bond)."

The 37-year-old will have to give up his media roles, including his commentary work with SKY Sport, now that he has taken on a full time role with the team.

McMillan's appointment comes on top of Hesson having his contract extended through the same period.

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