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Friday, December 09, 2022

Brendon McCullum: England could be the country to turn Test cricket’s fortunes upside down

Brendon McCullum believes England can reverse the “downward trend” of red-ball cricket around the world.

The former New Zealand captain has been appointed head coach of the England Test team to improve their fortunes, which have just one win in their last 17 matches.

“I think for me red-ball cricket has always been the pinnacle of the game, if you look at where the game currently sits, it’s probably a bit of a downside and for me the country that can really change is England, McCullum told Sky Sports.

“Because of the tradition of Test cricket here in England and I think the fan following in this country and the support it gets.

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Ben Stokes has been named as Test captain (Owen Humphries/PA)

“For us to be competitive in Test cricket, I think red-ball cricket will have to go a long way in trying to be able to hopefully change a little bit in terms of perception going forward.”

McCullum hailed new Test captain Ben Stokes as a “really strong leader”, and admitted he would not be a practical technical coach.

“I’m certainly not a coach technically. I understand technology clearly, but for me it’s around strategy and man-management and providing the right environment for the team to go out there and be the best version of themselves.” Trying to do that,” said the 40-year-old.

“So I think we have a really strong leader with Stokes as captain, a ‘follow me’ kind of captain and so I think my job will be to try and make sure that we’re on our side.” correspond to the message.

“I’ll also take care of the people inside the environment and try and really let them grow at a pace they didn’t get to before, so that’s a big challenge.”

I am confident in my skills and I believe in the group that we have to start things tooBrendon McCullum

McCullum admits it was a “huge risk” to everyone involved in assigning him the job, but he remains confident in his abilities despite his limited red-ball coaching experience.

“I have confidence in my skills and I believe in the group that we have to start things off as well,” he said.

“Obviously it may take a while to fully adjust to the ways and means here and it may take some time for people to adjust to me as well, but I am looking forward to it.

“For me it was a big risk, but for me, you can’t get anywhere unless you take the risk.”

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