Brendon McCullum appointed as the Head Coach of England Men’s Test team
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was appointed as the new head coach of England’s men’s cricket team in test format on Thursday while he has been coaching the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL for the past few years.
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was named as the new head coach of England’s men’s team in Test cricket on Thursday.
McCullum who has been guiding Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL for the last few years will now join England’s test side with newly appointed test captain Ben Stokes to bring about a change in England’s destiny in cricket’s oldest and longest format.
“McCullum, 40, will be in place to start his role for next month’s three-match Test series against New Zealand, which gets underway at Lord’s from 2 June, subject to obtaining the necessary work visa.
“The ECB’s selection panel of Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison, Managing Director of England’s Men’s Cricket Rob Key, Strategic Adviser Andrew Strauss, and Performance Director Mo Bobat unanimously agreed that he was the outstanding candidate for the role, having impressed during the competitive interview process.
“New Zealand-born McCullum currently works as Head Coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and previously coached Trinbago Knight Riders to the 2020 Caribbean Premier League title. He also had an exemplary playing career that saw him earn 101 Test caps and was Test captain of the Black Caps from 2012 to his international retirement in 2016,”the England and Wales Cricket Board said in an official release.
McCullum will be charged with changing the destiny of a team that finds itself low own in the World Test Championship table after suffering in the Ashes against Australia by 0-4 and also at the hands of West Indies.
“I’d like to say how pleased I am to be given this opportunity to positively contribute to England’s Test cricket set-up and move the team forward into a more successful era.
“In taking this role on, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team faces at present, and I strongly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we’ve confronted them head-on.
“I’ve enjoyed several robust conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and have found his enthusiasm contagious. I’m no stranger to bringing about change within a team environment, 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 unit around us,”McCullum said after being appointed.