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McMillan to step down as New Zealand batting coach after World Cup

Former New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan announced Monday he will step down as New Zealand batting coach after this year's World Cup in England and Wales.

McMillan said the end of the showpiece tournament was the ‘right time’ to move on after five years in the job, including helping New Zealand reach the final of the 2015 World Cup.

"It's been a privilege to be able to work with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor day-in and day-out and to see the records they've accomplished has been very satisfying," he said.

McMillan, who represented the Black Caps in 55 Tests and 197 one-day internationals, was given the role of batting consultant by former head coach Mike Hesson, who was replaced by Gary Stead last year.

The 42-year-old said he would pursue other coaching opportunities after stepping down but did not specify what they might be.

New Zealand Cricket said McMillan's replacement would be announced before the team depart for their tour to Sri Lanka in August.

The World Cup starts from May 30 and will end on July 14.