Brendon McCullum is set to be named England Men’s Test coach | England cricket team


The appointment of Brendon McCullum as England Test coach appears imminent, with the New Zealander having informed close contacts he has been offered the job.

Reports in India suggest he has also given notice to Kolkata Knight Riders and will be free to start a new role after their final game of the Indian Premier League season ends next Wednesday. An official announcement from the England and Wales Cricket Board is expected before the end of the week, with McCullum becoming the favorite after the interview process is completed.

The 40-year-old’s first task as manager would be to prepare the side to face the team he once managed, New Zealand, in a three-Test series next month. After the Black Caps won the World Test Championship last summer, Kane Williamson, the current captain, credited McCullum with bringing about the “drastic changes in culture” that propelled the forward team.

The Indian Express reported that KKR players have been told of McCullum’s departure, with an unnamed insider quoted as saying: “He has informed us that he will not be part of KKR in the future as he will be taking a job. in the England cricket team coach He briefed us at a team meeting a few days ago.

New England men’s cricket manager Rob Key said last week that an IPL job would not prevent a candidate from being appointed Test team coach, but McCullum decided to focus on his role at the ECB. “It’s okay if they’re the best person,” Key said. “You have to move with the times and I don’t see why Jos Buttler, for example, could play the whole IPL, but our coaches couldn’t be there for everything. Who knows where the IPL will be in five years, but for At the moment there is no international cricket when the IPL is on. I’d rather have the best person for 10 months a year than someone not so good for 12.”

McCullum guided KKR to last year’s IPL final, but via superb and
unexpected turnaround after team lost five of first seven
Games. This season they have struggled and only Mumbai at the bottom
The Indians have lost more than their seven matches.

While McCullum’s appointment could be confirmed as early as Thursday, the process of recruiting a white ball coach continues, with the interview process still incomplete. Matthew Mott, the 48-year-old head coach of Australia’s women’s white ball team, has emerged as a leading contender for the England men’s equivalent position, for which his main rival would be Paul Collingwood, England’s caretaker head coach for the five-game Twenty20 series in Barbados in January as well as their three-Test tour to the West Indies in March.

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If McCullum and Mott were brought together by the ECB, it would be a
reunion for a pair who first combined at KKR in 2008, when McCullum was a player and Mott the assistant coach. Later that year, McCullum was apparently instrumental in New Zealand’s selection of Mott as they sought a new coach for their men’s team. He was offered the job but, aged 35 and having only spent one season as a first-class coach, opted to stay with New South Wales and Andy Moles was appointed in place.

Potential rivals for the role with England’s white ball team include Gary Kirsten, who has gone from favorite for the Test job to underdog for the shortened role since the recruitment process began, the former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson who is currently assistant coach of Delhi Capitals in the IPL. Another contender is Kiwi Stephen Fleming, who is the head coach of the 2021 IPL Champions Chennai Super Kings.

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