McCullum appointed coach of England Test cricket team

London, May 12 (AP) New Zealand great Brendon McCullum was on Thursday appointed the head coach of the England Test cricket team.

The appointment was made following the decision to pick all-rounder Ben Stokes as the captain.

McCullum (40 years) is currently the coach of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders. He retired from cricket in 2019 and has never handled the responsibility of coaching the Test team.

McCullum has played a big role behind the growing dominance of the New Zealand team in Test cricket. The team had won the inaugural World Test Championship last year.

McCullum prefers aggressive cricket and Rob Key, director of men’s cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board, said: “I believe the partnership between Brandon and Ben Stokes as coach and as captain will be unbreakable. ,

McCullum’s first series with England will be against his country’s team New Zealand in June, with the opening Test starting on June 2 at Lord’s.

In the last 17 Tests, England have won only one match, including a disappointing 0-4 defeat in the Ashes series in Australia.

Before McCullum, Chris Silverwood was the coach of the team. McCullum said, “As taking on this role, I am aware of the huge challenges facing the team at the moment and believe that I will do my best to help the team deal with them with vigor. ,

AP Namita Anand