Craig McMillan

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Craig McMillan
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Personal information
Full name Craig Douglas McMillan
Born (1976-09-13) 13 September 1976 (age 41)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm medium
Role Batsman
Relations JM McMillan (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 204) 7 November 1997 v Australia
Last Test 18 March 2005 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 102) 20 May 1997 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 24 April 2007 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 10
T20I debut (cap 6) 17 February 2005 v Australia
Last T20I 22 September 2007 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 55 197 8 323
Runs scored 3,116 4,707 187 8,391
Batting average 38.46 28.18 31.16 30.96
100s/50s 6/19 3/28 0/1 12/42
Top score 142 117 57 125
Balls bowled 2,502 1,879 - 3,597
Wickets 28 49 - 103
Bowling average 44.89 35.04 - 30.09
5 wickets in innings 0 0 - 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a - n/a
Best bowling 3/48 3/20 - 5/38
Catches/stumpings 22/– 44/– 3/– 88/–
Source: Cricinfo, 20 April 2017

Craig Douglas McMillan (born 13 September 1976) is a former New Zealand international cricketer who played all forms of the game. He was a right-handed batsman and useful right-arm medium pace bowler and played for Canterbury in New Zealand first-class cricket. He also played English county cricket for Hampshire and Gloucestershire.

He is currently the New Zealand batting coach and has had stints in the media as a commentator for Sky Network Television and the IPL and Star Cricket.

Playing style[edit]

His batting is often characterised by innovation and improvisation, notably with a "square on" stance, which he sometimes uses in One-day Internationals when he is premeditating a big hit to the legside. His medium pace bowling is characterised by an extremely high proportion of bouncers – highly belligerent for a part-time medium pace bowler.

His teammates call him "Gladiator" because of his resemblance to actor Russell Crowe especially his appearance in the movie Gladiator.

International career[edit]

McMillan made his Test debut in 1997 against world champions Australia aged 22. At the Basin Reserve in 1998–99 he was part of a 137-run 6th wicket second innings partnership with Chris Cairns which won them the 2nd Test against India. Earlier in the year he had scored his highest Test score, 142 against Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium.

In the summer of 2000–01 in Hamilton, McMillan took 26 runs off a Younis Khan over which was a record at the time.[1] To date he has made 3 ODI centuries, the first two against Pakistan, including an innings of 104 off 75 balls. It was the equal fastest ever century by a New Zealander.[2] The record was broken by Jacob Oram in January 2007 but he reclaimed it with a 67 ball century against the Australians in Hamilton on 20 February 2007.

The Comeback[edit]

After being dropped for most of 2006, he was recalled to the NZ side for the CB series in Australia in 2007. On February 2007 he had belted a 27 ball 50 as New Zealand successfully chased down Australia's total of 336 to win the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy. He continued his form, scoring the fastest century by a New Zealander (67 balls) and led his team from 41–4 to 350–9 and a one wicket victory against Australia in the third ODI of the Chappell–Hadlee Series. These performances (including handy part-time bowling wickets) capped off an excellent season and comeback to international cricket for "macca" as he was named in the 2007 world cup squad.

McMillan had previously shared the record for the fastest one day international fifty by a New Zealander, with a 21 ball effort against the USA. His cameo included two separate overs of 27 runs with his partner Nathan Astle. However that has since been bettered by Brendon McCullum's 50 off just 20 balls at the 2007 Cricket World Cup against Canada.[3]

Form Slumps[edit]

A regular since his debut, his place in the side was under threat after a poor 2002. He finished the year with just 282 runs at 23.50 from his 8 Tests. He lost his place but was recalled to tour India in 2003–04 where he saved the 1st Test with innings of 54 and 83 not out. In the 2nd Test he scored an unbeaten century and in turn cemented his spot back in the side. He had a tour of England in 2004 where he broke his finger in a tour match against Leicestershire after a poor 1st Test.

Calls re-emerged during the 2005 Chappell–Hadlee Series and the preceding tour to South Africa for McMillan to be dropped from the side. McMillan incurred criticism, along with fellow Black Caps Nathan Astle, Hamish Marshall and James Marshall, from the media for a slump in form.[4][5]

He was subsequently dropped from the national squad to play Sri Lanka in a one-day series in December 2005 and January 2006. He returned to the domestic setup and piled on the runs for Canterbury thus keeping his name in the selectors minds. It paid off when his brother in law Nathan Astle got injured as he received an immediate recall to the side. His comeback game was unsuccessful as he was runout of 2 but in the second game he impressed with 29 not out out of a miserable team total of 73.

Late career[edit]

McMillan sparkled in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. During what would be his final international tournament, he was New Zealand's leading run-scorer with 163 runs at an average of 40.75 and a strike-rate of 181.

McMillan did enough to earn selection for the Commonwealth Bank ODI series in Australia. On 21 January 2007 he made 89 against Australia. A month later, he scored a blistering hundred off just 67 balls, which is the fastest by any Kiwi player. His Gladiator-like efforts set the stage for a whopping 3–0 series win against Australia, and also the 2nd highest successful run chase in ODI history. Chasing a massive 346, at one stage New Zealand were 41 for 4 and with Fleming, Vincent, Taylor and Styris gone, looked well and truly out of the game. Craig McMillan's amazing innings kept their hopes alive and resulted in probably the greatest comeback by a team in ODI history. New Zealand managed to win with 1 wicket and 3 balls left.

Retirement[edit]

He announced his retirement on 17 October 2007 after a Twenty20 tournament wherein he was New Zealand's leading run-scorer with 163 runs at an average of 40.75 and a strike-rate of 181. Citing personal reasons and health problems as contributing factors, McMillan said he wanted to go out on a high.[6]

Criticisms[edit]

He is often criticised for his weight and lack of fitness, and he has often been involved in verbal confrontations with opposition fielders, only to lose his concentration and lose his wicket soon after. He was famously dismissed the ball after he was recorded by the stump microphone at Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist after being baited for having edged a ball and refused to walk, when the umpire was oblivious to the nick.

After cricket[edit]

He had joined the Indian Cricket League, and was the captain of the Kolkata Tigers till the eventual disbanding of the league.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Craig McMillan
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
1 139 4  Zimbabwe New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 19 February 1998 Won
2 142 6  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 27 May 1998 Won
3 107* 13  England England Manchester, England Old Trafford 5 August 1999 Drawn
4 142 27  Zimbabwe New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 26 December 2000 Drawn
5 106 34  Bangladesh New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 18 December 2001 Won
6 100* 45  India India Mohali, India Punjab Cricket Association Stadium 16 October 2003 Drawn

ODI centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Craig McMillan
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
1 104* 83  Pakistan New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 25 February 2001 Won
2 105 114  Pakistan Pakistan Rawalpindi, Pakistan Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 24 April 2002 Lost
3 117 187  Australia New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 20 February 2007 Won

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 South Africa Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 6 December 1997 86 (112 balls: 6×4, 1×6); 2-0-17-1  New Zealand won by 5 wickets.[7]
2 India Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 20 April 1998 6-0-25-0, 1 Ct. ; 59 (122 balls: 1×4, 1×6)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets.[8]
3 Pakistan AMI Stadium, Christchurch 25 February 2001 104* (75 balls: 6×4, 5×6) ; DNB  New Zealand won by 138 runs.[9]
4 Bangladesh Diamond Oval, Kimberley 26 February 2003 DNB ; 75 (83 balls: 9×4, 2×6)  New Zealand won by 7 wickets.[10]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Robin Peterson
Nelson Cricket Club professional
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Robin Peterson