Brendon McCullum named England Men’s Tests coach on a four-year deal | England cricket team
Brendon McCullum has been confirmed as the new England men’s Test team manager, having entered the interview process as an outside bet for the white ball role and emerged as the unanimous choice of the four-man panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board. to oversee his scheduled reset of the red ball.
The Test team have won one of their last 17 games and are being overhauled following the sacking of former manager Chris Silverwood in January following the team’s abject performance in the Ashes, and the resignation of their captain, Joe Root, after their series. defeat in the West Indies in March. Ben Stokes was named the team’s new captain last month. McCullum has signed a four-year contract and will arrive in the UK later in May following the end of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ Indian Premier League campaign. The New Zealander’s first series in charge will be against the Black Caps in June.
“I would like to say how happy I am to have this opportunity to contribute positively to the setup of Test cricket in England and to lead the team forward into a more successful era,” the 40-year-old said. “In taking on this role, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team currently faces and strongly believe in my ability to help the team become a stronger force once we have faced them head on. I had several solid conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and found his enthusiasm to be infectious. I’m used to making changes within a team and I can’t wait to get started. Ben Stokes is the perfect character to inspire change around him, and I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unity around us.
McCullum, who will step down from his role with KKR at the end of this year’s IPL after three years as head coach, previously coached Trinbago Knight Riders to the 2020 Caribbean Premier League title. has no experience as a coach in the first-class game, he captained New Zealand in 31 of his 101 Test matches, beginning a process of improvement which came to fruition, five years after his retirement , to winning the inaugural Test World Championship last summer. . He will certainly be able to relate to England’s current predicament: when he took over as New Zealand’s Test captain they were seeded eighth, and in his first innings as captain in 2013, they were knocked out for 45 by South Africa.
McCullum is a close friend of Eoin Morgan, the England white-ball captain, having acted as emcee at his wedding, and his New Zealand side have been seen as the model for the successful rebuilding of the limited fortunes of England after their humiliation at the 2015 Over 50 World Cup. “I like to pick his brain,” Morgan said in 2019. “As a pure leader he is exceptional. New Zealand cricket had embodied the game of fun cricket under him.Playing against them, we were a bit jealous.
Rob Key, the new England men’s cricket chief executive, said he hoped McCullum and Stokes would make “a terrific partnership”. “It’s been a real privilege getting to know him and understanding his views and his vision for the game,” said Key, who sat on the recruitment panel alongside ECB chief executive Tom Harrison, the adviser strategy, Andrew Strauss, and performance manager, Mo Bobat. “He has a recent history of changing cricketing culture and environments for the better, and I think he is the person to do that for England red ball cricket. We have been incredibly lucky to have a very solid list of quality candidates for the job, with Brendon demonstrating that he was our No. 1 choice. It’s time for all of us to buckle up and get ready for the ride.
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