Brendon McCullum is now the favourite to become England's head coach!
Brendon McCullum is set to become England’s new test coach!
The former captain of the New Zealand side and the current coach of Kolkata in the Indian T20 League and Trinbago in the West Indies T20 League are all set to take charge of the England team in test cricket. The former opener wasn’t in the race but after the third interview, his name is ahead of former India coach Gary Kirsten and of Paul Collingwood. The official announcement is set to happen this week as England is set to tour New Zealand in the month of June.
Former Kiwi International has played 101 test matches in his career and has scored 6,453 runs which include 12 centuries and 31 half-centuries. In February 2016, McCullum scored a blistering 100 of just 54 balls which is still the fastest century in the history of test cricket. Many believe that the legend of the game retired at his peak and should have continued for a couple of more years.
Over his long illustrious career, we have seen McCullum to play some aggressive cricket and led the team the same way. In England, with Ben Stokes as the captain of the side, the template is not going to change. He however needs his players to focus and give their best and should chop and crop every time something goes wrong. Backing a player is important and this is one such lesson that the Coach needs to understand. At Kolkata, a total of 21 players played this season and that is the most by any team. This indicates that the team doesn’t have enough confidence in the players. Thus, as a coach of the team, McCullum needs to trust and back his players.
When it comes to England, the team is playing some awful cricket lately. The team lost 4-0 to Australia, and lost series to India, West Indies and New Zealand in the last one year. Joe Root has been stripped off from Captaincy and with Ben Stokes in charge, England will hope for a brighter summer this season. Ben Stokes, who has Kiwi roots can form a bond with McCullum and need to change things for better.
The transformation will take some time. The management needs to give enough time to the duo to get favourable results as England has hit rock bottom. McCullum will bring aggression and dedication but can he help with the technique in test cricket? Can he make Joe Root play better shots? Very doubtful. He can make you train better, give his inputs and can make them a great fielding side but when it comes to technique of playing test cricket, McCullum may be a risky choice. We however would love him to prove us wrong.
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