New Zealand's Brendon McCullum has been appointed as England's Test coach. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made the announcement on Thursday. The 40-year-old will take over the reign of the English team in the longest format of the game from next month. His first assignment will be the series against New Zealand at home, which is scheduled to stay on June 2
McCullum is currently the head coach of Kolkata in the Indian T20 League. It has also been understood that McCullum has informed the Kolkata-based franchise that this will be his last season in the tournament. "He informed us that he won’t be part of KKR going ahead as he will be taking up a job as England cricket team coach. He informed us during a team meeting a few days ago," The Indian Express quoted a Kolkata team source.
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ECB's director of Cricket, Rob Key said that his vision will be very beneficial for the English team. "We are delighted to confirm Brendon as England Men's Test Head Coach. It has been a real privilege to get to know him and understand his views and vision for the game. I believe his appointment will be good for England's Test team," he said in a statement released by the ECB.
"In taking this role on, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team faces at present, and I strongly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we've confronted them head-on," said McCullum after being appointed as the head coach.
Notably, the England Cricket team have been in disarray. They haven't had any notable performances in the game's longest format in the last two years. They faced series defeats against West Indies, New Zealand, and Australia within a short span. As a result, the management of the team underwent significant changes. Joe Root also stepped down as Test captain, and all-rounder Ben Stokes was named his successor.
"I believe in Brendon and Ben Stokes - a formidable coach and captain partnership. Time for us all to buckle up and get ready for the ride," said Key in his statement.