Brendon McCullum Frontrunner To Become England Head Coach For Tests

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Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has emerged as the frontrunner to become England’s Test head coach, with a decision expected this week. Rob Key, the Director of England men’s cricket, hopes to recruit different coaches for the Test as well as white-ball squads. Brendon McCullum is now one of those who’ve been contacted and considered in recent times. Here in this article, we talk about Brendon McCullum Frontrunner To Become England’s Test Head Coach.

It was largely believed that McCullum’s proposal would relate to the limited-overs potential, considering his brief coaching career in franchise T20 cricket and his close bond with England’s white-ball head, Eoin Morgan.

In any event, there is an increasing belief that McCullum could accept responsibilities for the Test setup in a decision that would combine his extreme stance with the leadership of Ben Stokes, with a debut assignment versus New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.

McCullum’s selection to England’s Test Head Coach for the Test squad would be a bold decision by the Key

Presuming this is the scenario, Gary Kirsten would have indeed turned up a significant chance for the role, after being in the 2nd spot as Chris Silverwood was hired in 2019. Considering that the former South Africa and India head coach has a reputation for bolstering teams with established depth, he might continue to do so with the white-ball outfit.

Former Australia cricketer Paul Collingwood, who is currently an assistant coach with England, is another candidate being recognized for the limited-overs position, whereas the prior Australia cricketer Simon Katich has also been regarded for the position as part of an undertaking cycle that began while Key accepted responsibility for the men’s national sides at the early part of last month.

Brendon McCullum’s selection to the Test squad would be a bold decision by Key, especially considering that the former wicketkeeper-batsman has never coached a first-class team in England.

Although McCullum lacks first-class coaching experience, he is not unfamiliar with the position and has only evolved with KKR in the past three years. In the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), KKR finished fifth with 7 victories, barely missing out on the playoffs.

Eoin Morgan and co. advanced to the IPL 2021 finals having won just one of the very first seven games, but transformed their season around in the 2nd leg in the UAE. Following the blockbuster auction, KKR lost several of its players and therefore will face troubling patches in the 2022 campaign, along with new captain Shreyas Iyer, as the two-time champs are poised to miss the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years under McCullum.

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