May 22, 2022

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Brendon McCullum: Former New Zealand captain appointed new England Test coach

Brendon McCullum: Former New Zealand captain appointed new England Test coach


Brendon McCullum has been officially confirmed as the new England Test head coach, vowing that the New Zealand player will tackle the “significant” challenges facing the team “head” when he starts work later this month.

The 40-year-old made his surprise appointment and signed a four-year contract, coming after defeating his favorite Gary Kirsten, who previously led India and his home South Africa to No. 1 in the world Test rankings, as well as Australian Simon. கட்டிச்.

McCullum has no first-class cricketing experience and his limited post-match career is limited to leading teams in T20 cricket ownership.

However, England cricket director Rob Key announced earlier this week that he was “the No. 1 choice” for the job after being inspired by McCullum during an interview process.

Kee also spoke about his excitement over McCullum joining new Test captain Ben Stokes, with his first assignment for two of the new jobs in the three-Test series against New Zealand starting on June 2. “I believe in a tremendous partnership between Brendan and Ben Stokes, the coach and the captain,” Kee said. “It’s time we all got ready for the ride.”

McCullum was interviewed by a four-member team that includes Key, England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison, strategic adviser Sir Andrew Strauss and performance director Mo Bopot.

Despite his lack of coaching experience, his impressive captaincy in New Zealand between 2012 and 2016 laid the foundation for the team’s World Test Championship victory last summer and his forced vision to return to England at the cricket red ball got him a job.

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McCullum’s task was huge in a dream winter when England beat Australia 4-0 in the Ashes and 1-0 in the Caribbean Islands by the West Indies. This led to the team’s terrible series for only one win in 17 and led to the resignation of Joe Root from the captaincy.

McCullum, who is stepping down as head coach of the Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders, said at the end of their current campaign, “I am delighted to have this opportunity to contribute positively to England. Try the cricket system and lead the team to a more successful era.

“In accepting this role, I am well aware of the significant challenges facing the team today and I firmly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a strong force once we face them head on.

“I had many strong conversations with Rob Kee about the direction of the team’s journey, and I found his enthusiasm contagious. Changing the team environment is nothing new to me and I can not wait to get started.

“Ben Stokes is the perfect role model for inspiring change around him, and I look forward to working closely with him to create a successful unit around us.”

Kee added: “We are delighted to have Brendan confirmed as head coach of the England men’s tournament. It was a real pleasure to meet him and understand his views and perspectives on the game. I think his appointment will be good for the England Test team.

“He has the latest record in changing the culture and environment of cricket and I think he can do it for England red ball cricket.

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“We are incredibly lucky to have strong quality candidates for this position, and Brendan has proved to be our first choice.”

McCullum is expected to leave the IPL in Calcutta next Wednesday after the finals, with McCullum set to join England on May 26, a week before the Test series against New Zealand, depending on whether he will get a work visa from England in time. . .

McCullum will be England’s fourth head coach overseas after Zimbabwe players Duncan Fletcher (1999-2007) and Andy Flower (2009-2014) and Australian Trevor Bayliss (2015-19).