Brendon McCullum among contenders to become England Test coach


Brendon McCullum has emerged as a shock contender for the vacant function as England’s Check coach following two days of interviews at Lord’s.

McCullum, who’s in his third season as Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach on the IPL, has by no means coached a first-class recreation and was broadly anticipated to be a candidate for the white-ball job, with the ECB splitting the principle teaching roles down format traces because of England’s jam-packed schedule and the rising divergence between their sides.

Nevertheless, a number of British newspapers reported on Tuesday night time that McCullum has now come into consideration for the Check job following the primary tranche of interviews firstly of this week. It’s doable that an appointment will probably be ratified earlier than the top of the week, with England’s first Check of the summer time towards New Zealand – McCullum’s dwelling nation – on June 2.

McCullum’s teaching expertise has come solely within the limited-overs recreation however as a captain, he was a key a part of the management group that caused New Zealand’s revival as a Check facet together with coach Mike Hesson from 2012 to 2016.

Rob Key, the ECB’s new managing director of males’s cricket, has led the interview course of and revealed throughout his first press convention at Lord’s that he had sought opinions on the Check facet from Eoin Morgan, McCullum’s shut good friend and Knight Riders’ captain final 12 months throughout their run to the ultimate.

“I’ve spoken to Eoin about red-ball cricket as properly,” Key mentioned. “I requested his opinion. You need good individuals with good brains round you to work stuff out, so Eoin Morgan is somebody I might communicate to about so many alternative issues.”

McCullum’s attacking type would chime with how each Key and Ben Stokes, England’s new Check captain, play the sport. After scoring 145 off 79 balls in his remaining Check towards Australia, McCullum said he wanted to be remembered “as a great staff man… a man who performed for the precise causes and who, if doubtful, was ready to take the constructive possibility”.

Key has additionally beforehand confirmed that he can be keen to let an England head coach work within the IPL if mandatory, saying: “I might a lot fairly have the very best particular person for 10 months of the 12 months than somebody not nearly as good for 12.”

Whether or not such logic applies to a Check coach in addition to a white-ball coach stays to be seen, whereas McCullum’s job at Knight Riders could come beneath scrutiny after a poor season to this point wherein they appear extremely prone to miss out on the playoffs.

Different main candidates for the Check function are understood to incorporate Gary Kirsten, Simon Katich and Graham Ford whereas Paul Collingwood is among the many candidates for the white-ball job.

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