Brendon McCullum, a pioneering former New Zealand captain, has emerged as the frontrunner for the position of England’s Test head coach. Also an announcement expected this week.
Rob Key, England’s men’s cricket director, is seeking for different coaches for the Test and white-ball teams, and McCullum is one of those heard out and then interviewed in the last few days.
Brendon McCullum certain Choice of Leading England Test Team Head Coach
Given a beginning coaching career spent solely in franchise T20 cricket and a personal acquaintance with England’s white-ball skipper. Eoin Morgan, it widely assumed McCullum’s candidacy would pertain to the limited-overs post.
However, there is mounting speculation that McCullum may take over as Test captain, combining his aggressive approach with Ben Stokes’ captaincy, with a first assignment against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.
Gary Kirsten is another Choice of Leading England Team
If that’s the case, Gary Kirsten will miss out on the post for the second time, after coming in second when Chris Silverwood hired in 2019. However, the former South Africa and India head coach has a great record for bolstering sides with current depth, so he might yet land the white-ball counterpart job.
Former Australia batsman Simon Katich is also being consider for the limited-overs job. Which began when Key took over the men’s national teams at the beginning of last month.
Key’s decision to name McCullum for the Test team would be a bold one. It would raise questions about the domestic coaching situation in England. Especially as the former wicketkeeper-batsman has never managed the first-class side.
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However, as captain from 2013 to 2016. McCullum is largely credited with transforming the mentality of New Zealand’s Test team. Setting the groundwork for Kane Williamson’s World Test Championship victory last year.
McCullum is currently coaching Kolkata Knightriders in the Indian Premier League. But Key has previously stated that if the appropriate candidate is found, he is open to England’s head coach having a second job in the world’s most lucrative T20 event.
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