The England Cricket Board (ECB) has reportedly added Brendon McCullum in their pursuit of a new coach. It is part of their efforts to become the only major cricketing nation with split coaches.
Rob Key is said to have addressed a number of potential candidates. The ECB’s new managing director of cricket has been quite busy over the last 14 days. Former South Africa and India coach Gary Kirsten is especially favored for the Test job.
However, during his 101-cap stint as captain, he revolutionized New Zealand Test cricket. His aggressive mentality and extensive speciality in red-ball cricket was a treat to watch.
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Key recently disclosed that Eoin Morgan was one of the leading figures in the game from whom he sought advice. Their conversations also included the types of coaches England should pursue.
The Three Lions are currently attempting to end a poor record of one win in 17 Tests. They also aim to win two world titles in a limited-overs format. It will never be an easy task to bounce back from a poor run under any circumstances. Appointing a new coach is just the beginning as there are several other issues that need to be resolved. The team needs to work together as a unit in order to get results. Gaining confidence and building team chemistry for that is vital.
“I’ve also discussed red-ball cricket with Eoin. Eoin is someone I would talk to about a variety of topics. Moreover, he knows almost everything there is to know about white-ball cricket,” Key added.
The ECB’s managing director of cricket heaped more praise on his fellow countryman. He stated that Morgan understands what he wants and knows a lot about the coaches in the area. In his own words, he’s one of the first people one should talk to about it.
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McCullum was the master of ceremonies at Morgan’s wedding. Furthermore, their friendship grew into a professional one when they were both coaches and captains in Kolkata. They led the team to the final last year. During an entertaining home series in 2015, England’s new Test captain Ben Stokes was full of praise for McCullum’s aggressive style.
Simon Katich and Paul Collingwood are also in the race for the job. Meanwhile, former limited-overs specialists Nick Knight and Mark Alleyne will also be evaluated for the role.