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'I've loved going to work each day' – Craig McMillan leaving Black Caps with no regrets

Black Caps batting coach Craig McMillan has opened up about his decision to leave his role with the New Zealand side, today revealing this year's Cricket World Cup will be his last assignment with the team.

McMillan, 42, will leave the Black Caps' batting coach role at the end of the Cricket World Cup in July, having held the position for five years.

Speaking after arriving at Christchurch Airport this morning, McMillan said that he's happy with the decision he's made, eager to spend more time at home with his family.

"It's been a tough decision, something I've been mulling over for a wee while," McMillan began.

"I think the timing's right at the end of a World Cup, it's obviously the start of a new cycle heading into the next World Cup.

"Five years is a decent crack at it. It's a job that I've loved, working with the best players in New Zealand for that period of time. Seeing them grown and develop over that period. I've loved going to work each day."

McMillan in particular highlighted working with the current batting group, with the likes of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor now established as world class players under his tutelage.

"The way we've gone about playing the game, the consistency that some of our batsmen have shown, development of players, younger players who've come into the side.

"The likes of [Tom] Latham and [Henry] Nicholls who are now showing their mark after a couple of years in the international game. And

I guess those older, experienced heads like Kane and Ross, who've been there a number of years.

"The numbers they're putting on the board are world class.

"To be associated and work with them over those five years is something I'll be able to look back on with a great deal of pride."

McMillan will sit out of the upcoming ODI series with Bangladesh, before returning to the side for the three Test series later this month.

Batting coach McMillan will leave the side after this year's Cricket World Cup. Source: 1 NEWS


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