Craig McMillan had success early in his life. He was involved with the youth side in 93/94 and captained the team to South Africa in 1997.
He then graduated from the BIL academy in 1996, but started his international career in the Hong Kong sixes in 95/96 and was part of the New Zealand training tour to Darwin.
Batting in the middle-order, he scored just 10 on his debut in a contest Sri Lanka won by 52 runs, but things have since improved. McMillan has been a player who relished taking the challenge to the opposition, physically as well as verbally, who has displayed talent with the bat and the ball.
He has become a major asset for the Kiwis. Seen as the success story for last summer, from a middle order batsman to No. 3 for Test and one day sides.
He has great control and mental structure which enables him to pace himself well. The Canterbury player has scored six centuries and nearly 20 half-centuries in Test cricket.
He is also a skilled bowler, being able to use his temperament to work the batsmen.