Brendon McCullum has been named head coach of England’s men’s Test team
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named head coach of England’s Men’s side. The 40-year-tenure old’s as Test captain will begin with the home series against New Zealand, which begins on June 2 at Lord’s, subject to securing the appropriate work visa.
McCullum reportedly impressed the ECB’s selection panel, which included Key, Tom Harrison [CEO], Andrew Strauss [Strategic Adviser], and Mo Bobat [Performance Director], leading to a unanimous decision to appoint him.
“He has a recent experience of altering cricket culture and situations for the better, and I feel he is the one to achieve that for England’s red-ball cricket,” Key said of McCullum’s 101-match career, which included a four-year captaincy spell between 2012 and 2016. We were extremely fortunate to have a seriously good list of qualified candidates for the position, with Brendon demonstrating he was our top pick.”
“I have faith in Brendon and Ben Stokes as a formidable coach and captain pairing. It’s time for us all to buckle up and enjoy the trip,” he continued.
McCullum reiterated Key’s sentiments on England ushering in a new era of Test cricket under Stokes. “Ben Stokes is the perfect character to drive change around him,” McCullum said. “I look forward to working closely with him to establish a successful unit around us.”
“I’d like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to positively contribute to England’s Test cricket set up and help the squad move ahead into a more prosperous age. By accepting this post, I am well aware of the major problems the team is currently facing, and I am confident in my ability to assist the squad to emerge as a stronger force once we have tackled them head-on,” he added.