Brendon McCullum likely to be named new England head coach for Tests
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New Delhi : Former New Zealand captain is the frontrunner to take over from Chris Silverwood as England men’s team’s head coach in Test cricket, British media reported on Wednesday. McCullum, who is currently working as the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, was keen on taking the job after Silverwood was sacked following England’s Test series defeat in the West Indies earlier this year. England and Wales Cricket Board invited applications for the separate head coach roles for Test and white-ball teams and McCullum was one of the candidates interviewed along with former South Africa batter Gary Kirsten, who won the 2011 World Cup with India as their head coach, The Guardian reported.
McCullum has been one of the successful coaches in white-ball cricket, having overseen KKR’s run to the final In IPL 2021. His proximity to Eoin Morgan, who led KKR in IPL 2021, was expected to bring the New Zealand star as the coach of England white-ball teams but the report suggested that McCullum is set to join hands with Ben Stokes as England look to revive their Test fortunes. England have managed to win only 1 of their last 17 Test matches - a streak which forced Joe Root to step down as Test captain last month. Gary Kirsten, who is currently working with IPL franchise Gujarat Titans, was also in contention for the role. The South African cricketer might take up the head coach role of the limited-overs teams. Paul Collingwood, who was appointed as interim head coach for the West Indies tour, was also in consideration.
McCullum played the last of his 101 Tests at Christchurch in February 2016 against Australia, where he hit the fastest century in the format (54 balls), finishing his career with 6,453 runs including 12 tons and 31 half-centuries. England last month unveiled New Zealand-born Ben Stokes as their new Test captain, hoping for a swift turnaround under the talismanic all-rounder after a tame end to Root's five years in charge.