England can be the country to save Test Cricket, says Brendon McCullum

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Brendon McCullum feels that transforming England into a great Test side can help safeguard cricket’s longest format from the ravages of Twenty20 cricket.

Brendon McCullum began his first day as head coach of the Test squad at Lord’s on Friday, having arrived the night before from the IPL to begin a four-year contract.

After a bad run for England in Test cricket, he has pledged to play attractive cricket to win over supporters and believes he can lead them to the top of the globe. They are now sixth in the standings and bottom of the Test championship table, with only one Test victory in 17 matches.

“For me, red-ball cricket is the apex of the game.” “If you look at where the game is right now throughout the world, it’s definitely on the decline,” he remarked. “With the legacy of Test cricket and a large fan base, England is a country that can make a big difference.” If we can compete in Test cricket, it will go a long way toward changing people’s perceptions of the game.

“With time, we can certainly rise to the top, contend for the Ashes, and compete with the finest teams in the world.” There’s still a long way to go.”

He put an end to sledding as captain of New Zealand, and he’ll do the same with England. He stated, “I don’t see the need to play in any other way.” “There should be mutual respect amongst all teams.” On the field, you still work hard, but there are some boundaries you don’t need to breach. That will be a struggle at times, but ideally, we’ll be so focused on achieving our objectives that we won’t be disturbed by extraneous factors.”

Brendon McCullum will forego England’s divisive selection rotation approach of last year and see Stuart Broad and James Anderson this weekend before the squad begins preparations on Monday with their first practice session ahead of the New Zealand Test at Lord’s on Thursday.

Just months after they were dumped for the West Indies tour, he offered the two veterans a boost, urging them to continue their alliance and suggesting they had a “few years” remaining.

Due to injuries, both are expected to play in the first Test of the summer next week, and McCullum regards both as critical to the side’s recovery.

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