EXCLUSIVE: Brendon McCullum appears as a shocking candidate for England’s new TEST coach, not in the role of the white ball … with the New Zealander who is ready for a high-octane partnership with the new red ball captain Ben Stokes
- Sportsmail revealed on Friday Brendon McCullum is a new name on the radar
- He is a key figure behind New Zealand’s cricket rise with red and white ball
- Gary Kirsten was a hot favorite for the role of the red ball in England
- McCullum is an advocate of positive but selfless cricket in the Ben Stokes mold
England could prepare a surprise by appointing Brandon McCullum as their test coach.
The second day of the interview on Tuesday ended with the New Zealander becoming a strong candidate for the place of the red ball, and not for the role of the white ball in the new schedule of England.
And it seems Ben Stokes, with test cricket now a priority for England, may have managed to skip Eoin Morgan in a bid to establish a high-octane partnership with McCullum.
England could prepare a surprise by appointing Brandon McCullum as their test coach
Sportsmail has revealed that he is a new name on the radar of English CEO Rob Kay
Sportsmail revealed on Friday that McCullum, a key figure behind New Zealand’s cricket rise with red and white ball, is a new name on the radar of English CEO Rob Kay.
And while McCullum, the head coach of the IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders, is better known for his white ball skill, England has also been revealed to have noticed his role in starting the red ball journey with New Zealand that led to last year’s World Cup. Championship test.
Gary Kirsten was a hot favorite for the role of the red ball and there could still be room for him in the new England squad, perhaps as a white ball cricket coach where he led India to the 2011 World Cup with a 50-pointer.
Kirsten has been close to coaching the English test team twice before, and last time she narrowly missed Chris Silverwood, and it could be a third unfortunate case if McCullum gets him on the spot this week.
McCullum (L) is ready for a high-octane partnership with new English test captain Ben Stokes (R)
England have noticed McCullum’s role in starting the red ball journey with New Zealand that led to last year’s World Test Cup
That is certainly a tempting prospect. McCullum is a big proponent of positive, aggressive, but selfless cricket in the Stokes ’mold and their partnership would be an ideal way for England to win over disappointed Test supporters.
England need an infusion of positivity after their desperate run of just one win in the last 17 tests, and McCullum seems to fit better with new Stokes captain than the calmer, more measured South African Kirsten.
White ball captain Morgan is a close friend of McCullum and would certainly like to join forces with a man who was his inspiration before what will probably be his last hour as captain of England at the Twenty20 World Cup in October.
But Morgan advised Kay on the best way forward for the test side and could accept that Stokes ’need is greater than his in determining the coaching options England have at their disposal.
Gary Kirsten was a hot favorite for the red ball role and there could be room for him
Key told Naser Hussain ua Sportsmail In an interview last week, he would allow his new coaches to stay in the IPL while there is no conflict with international cricket, saying: ‘I’d rather have the best person for 10 months than the wrong 12.’
That would suit both McCullum, 40, and 54-year-old Kirsten, who is a mentor and coach for hitting the Gujarat Titans.
Former Kent Key captain is likely to make a statement later this week, and sources close to the decision on Tuesday night indicated that the role of the white ball could be a three-way fight between Kirsten, Simon Katich and Paul Collingwood. Of course, Nick Knight and Mark Alleyne are also being considered for cast roles.
White Ball captain Eoin Morgan (R) is a close friend of McCullum and would like to join forces