Black Caps appoint McMillan as batting coach

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Former New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan has been appointed the Black Caps' batting coach for the next two years, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Thursday.

Former New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan has been appointed the Black Caps' batting coach for the next two years, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Thursday.

The former Kiwi filled the role on an interim basis for the recent tour of the West Indies, where the side won a rare away Test series, and also returned from the successful New Zealand A tour of England.

New Zealand Cricket Head of Cricket, Lindsay Crocker, says McMillan has undertaken his role successfully on the two recent tours, establishing a good rapport with the players who have responded well to his input.

Crocker said: "The West Indies and NZA tours were his first as a coach at that level, and we're very happy with his development.

"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)."

McMillan played for the Black Caps from 1997 to 2007 and has since spent time with both Canterbury Cricket and the national side, assisting with batting technique.

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

The announcement follows Wednesday's news that Hesson has signed on for another two years as Head Coach. Other members of the support staff are contracted until April 2015.

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