Brendon McCullum to be England's new Test coach

Brendon McCullum to be England's new Test coach

On a four-year deal, Brendon McCullum, the former Kiwi captain, has been confirmed by the ECB as England Men's new Test head coach.

Brendon McCullum, who will step down from his head coach role as Kolkata Knight Riders after the ongoing IPL,

He played 101 Tests for NZ between 2004 and 2016, scoring 6453 runs at 38.64 with the top score of 302 against India in New Zealand in 2014, which remains the only triple-century made by any New Zealander.

Although he has never coached any red-ball team in his coaching career,

Brendon McCullum was New Zealand captain for 31 Tests from 2013 until his retirement, earning praise for a positive approach which was also active in the white-ball team's run to the World Cup final in 2015. In 2020, he also coached team Trinbago Knight Riders to the Caribbean Premier League title.

The exact arrival date in the UK is dependent on KKR's qualification for the IPL play-offs. However, with two group-stage games remaining - the last of which comes against Lucknow Super Giants on May 18, they are an outside chance to reach the competition's final four.

He is expected to team up with the squad that England's newly-appointed captain Ben Stokes will lead - ahead of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's, starting June 2, and will now have input on next week's selection meeting.

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Rob Key, England cricket director of men's cricket, acknowledged that McCullum's appointment was a calculated bet, adding that it was a "time for us all to fasten up and get ready for the ride,"

"In taking a coaching role, I am acutely aware of the team's significant challenges, and I firmly believe in my ability to help the team come up as a more potent force once we've confronted them head-on.

"I've enjoyed several intense conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and have found his passion contagious. I'm no stranger to bringing about swaps within a team environment, and I can't wait.

"Ben Stokes is the perfect character to influencer change around him, and I am looking forward to working closely with him to build a successful team around us."

Brendon McCullum had started been earmarked for England's white-ball coaching role, not because of his close professional and personal relationship with the white ball Eoin Morgan -

Key said.

"We are delighted to confirm Brendon as England Men's Test head coach,"

"It has been a real privilege to get to know him and understand his views and vision for the game. I believe his appointment will be good for England's Test team.

"He has a recent history of changing cricket culture and environments for the better, and I believe he is the person to do that for England's red-ball cricket.

"We were unbelievably fortunate to have a solid list of quality candidates for the post, with Brendon McCullum demonstrating he was our number one choice.

 

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