Peter Fulton to replace McMillan as NZ batting coach after World Cup

New Zealand

Former batsman Peter Fulton will replace Craig McMillan as New Zealand’s batting coach after the World Cup ends in England in July. McMillan is stepping down after holding the role for nearly five years.

“We’re delighted to have Pete come on board after the World Cup and are confident he will be a good fit for our environment,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said. “We had a thorough process and utilised our senior players to help assess all the candidates.

“Pete obviously has a good understanding of batting, but he also demonstrated a clear vision for helping our elite batsmen. He’s shown he has the coaching skills through his work with the New Zealand Under 19s and our winter training squads, while we know from his playing days that he will certainly add to our team culture.”

New Zealand’s last league match at the World Cup – against England – is scheduled for July 3 and the tournament ends on July 14 but Fulton’s role will officially begin on July 1.

“Like many Kiwis, I’ve watched and admired the way the team’s gone about their business in recent years and so it’s pretty special to be invited back into the set-up,” Fulton said.

“We’ve obviously got some really talented batsmen in the country and I’m looking forward to working with them to see how they can continue improving their games.”

Fulton played 84 international matches for New Zealand – 23 Tests, 49 ODIs and 12 T20Is – from 2006 to 2014, scoring 2428 runs and three centuries. His last game for New Zealand was a Test against West Indies in June 2014, and he retired from first-class cricket in April 2017 after representing Canterbury for 16 years. Fulton also served as the New Zealand Under-19 coach after that.

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