England turned to a former New Zealand captain to help revive their fortunes in Test cricket.
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was named on Thursday as the new coach of the England test team in an effort to shake the team from its profound malaise.
McCullum will quit his job at the head of the Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders to take control of a red ball team that fell to last place in the World Test Championship after a terrifying streak in 17 games.
McCullum, who won 101 test appearances and retired from international cricket in 2016, made it clear he has firm opinions on what actions he should take.
“In taking on this role, I am keenly aware of the significant challenges facing the team right now and I firmly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we have faced them head-on”, 40 – it said a year.
“I enjoyed several solid conversations with (new cricket director) Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and found his enthusiasm infectious. I’m no stranger to bringing change within a team environment and can’t wait to get started. “
Key said he was thrilled with the prospect of McCullum connecting with new test skipper Ben Stokes.
“We are delighted to confirm Brendon as the head coach of England’s men’s tests,” he said. “It was a real privilege to know him and understand his opinions and his vision of the game.
“I believe in Brendon and Ben Stokes, a terrific pair of manager and captain. It’s time for all of us to buckle up and get ready for the journey. I believe his appointment will be positive for the English test team. “
Originally published as Cricket 2022: Brendon McCullum named England’s new test coach