McMillan lauds 'historic' Black Caps batting display

By Sports Desk March 02, 2019

Craig McMillan revelled in an historic batting day for New Zealand as they racked up a record score in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Skipper Kane Williamson contributed exactly 200 not out to back up centuries from openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, while Colin de Grandhomme blasted an unbeaten 76 from just 53 balls as the Black Caps posted 715-6 on day three.

The Tigers are facing a crushing defeat after ending the third day on 174-4 in their second innings, trailing by 307 runs.

"It was right up there," batting coach McMillan said of New Zealand's first-innings display.

"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."

The prolific Williamson became the fourth New Zealander to reach the 6,000-run mark in Tests, after Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum.

"He was sublime today," added McMillan. "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.

"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."

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