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Ben Stokes discusses Brendon McCullum’s tactics

After a five-wicket victory in the first Test, England skipper Ben Stokes said that new head coach Brendon McCullum planned to move senior bowler Stuart Broad to the number eight position if England lost a wicket during the twilight of Day 3.

After a five-wicket victory in the first Test, England skipper Ben Stokes said that new head coach Brendon McCullum planned to move senior bowler Stuart Broad to the number eight position if England lost a wicket during the twilight of Day 3.

Broad is best recognized for his ability with the ball, but he has also shown some skill with the bat, scoring one century and 13 fifties in the longest version of the game. However, the southpaw has been struggling with the bat since the beginning of 2021. Broad has only scored 86 runs in the last 17 innings, averaging 7.81 runs per inning, with a high of 15 runs.

However, if former England skipper Joe Root or wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes had lost their wickets, the new England coach would have disregarded Broad’s recent form and promoted him to the number eight slot. However, the pair went on to form an outstanding 100-run combination, ensuring that England easily chased down the goal in the end. Root was named Player of the Match for his unbroken 115-run batting performance.