Peter Fulton to replace Craig McMillan as New Zealand batting coach after Cricket World Cup
Peter Fulton played 84 internationals, with the last of his 23 Tests coming in 2014. © AFP

Former New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton will succeed Craig McMillan as the Black Caps’ batting coach after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, New Zealand Cricket announced on Wednesday.

McMillan will vacate the post held for nearly five years, with 40-year-old Fulton – who played 49 ODIs, 23 Tests and 12 T20Is between 2006 and 2014 – stepping in from August 1.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Fulton was the stand-out applicant for the role.

“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,” he 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.”

Fulton’s contract will run until the end of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in November 2020.

“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,” said Canterbury veteran Fulton. “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.”