WELLINGTON: New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan will step down from his role following the World Cup in England later this year. After five years in the position, having been brought in by Mike Hesson in 2014, McMillan cited the heavy international schedule as one of the key reasons he felt it was time to move on. His departure continues the change in senior coaching roles following Gary Stead replacing Hesson last year. “I spoke to the family because they are the ones that have had to make a lot of sacrifices over the last five years, just with the amount of cricket in this day and age,” McMillan said. “It just gets more and more every year. And I sort of knew within myself that it was time for a change for me.” McMillan picked out the 2015 World Cup, where New Zealand made it to the final against Australia at the MCG, as one of his highlights as well as seeing a new generation of batting talent emerge. David White, the NZC CEO, said a new batting coach would be appointed in time for the Test tour of Sri Lanka in August. Published in Daily Times, February 12th 2019.