‘That was historic’: Craig McMillan lauds Kane Williamson on epic day
Kane Williamson declared New Zealand's innings on 715 after reaching 200. © AFP

New Zealand‘s batting coach Craig McMillan was a very pleased man after a historic day three at Seddon Park, during which the hosts breached 700 for the first time in their Test history and skipper Kane Williamson brought up his first Test double-century. (FULL SCORECARD: NEW ZEALAND vs BANGLADESH)

Led by Williamson’s 200 not out and handy contributions from the nightwatchman Neil Wagner (47 off 35 balls) and Colin de Grandhomme (76 off 53), New Zealand scored their highest Test total of all time, 715/6, and by stumps at Seddon Park were six wickets away from victory.

“It was right up there [with the best]. Obviously it was historic in the amount of runs scored, and the contributions throughout the innings makes it very special, and one that the guys are really proud of,” said McMillan. (READ: Kane Williamson’s 200* underlines New Zealand’s historic day)

Williamson’s maiden Test double was his 20th century, the first New Zealand batsman to achieve as many.

“He was sublime today – whenever the Bangladeshi bowlers missed, he hurt them, he was very efficient when they offered scoring opportunities and created those partnerships that we talk a lot about,” said McMillan, who played 197 ODIs and 55 Tests for New Zealand.

“It’s not easy, and it takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes that allows him to play like that. He’s very hard to bowl at as he bats 360 degrees – all around the wicket. Bowlers only have to err a fraction with Kane, and he hurts them, and we saw that today – a terrific knock all around.”

Williamson declared as soon as he got to 200, thus allowing New Zealand more than two days to try and bowl out Bangladesh with a lead of 481.

“The milestones weren’t an issue at all,” said McMillan. “We wanted to bat for a period where we could see the wear and tear in the surface – starting to see those cracks open up and develop a little bit. [Williamson] obviously reached that milestone and thought ‘Now’s the time’ – and we wanted the bowlers to have a decent crack, not just a short hour at the end of the day.”