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Brendon McCullum favourite to become England’s Test head coach | England cricket team

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Brendon McCullum, the pioneering former New Zealand captain, has emerged as the favorite to become England Tests head coach with an announcement on the successful candidate this week.

Rob Key, the England men’s director of cricket, is looking to sign separate coaches for the Test and cue ball teams, with McCullum among those known to have been first canvassed and then interviewed over the past two days.

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It was widely believed that the 40-year-old McCullum’s candidacy would be tied to the limited-time vacancy, given a fledgling coaching career spent exclusively in T20 franchise cricket and a close friendship with Eoin Morgan, the England captain of the white ball.

But McCullum is increasingly expected to take charge of the Test setup in a move that would combine his aggressive outlook with the captaincy of Ben Stokes, with a first assignment against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.

If so, that would mean Gary Kirsten would miss out on the role again, having been runner-up when Chris Silverwood was signed on in 2019. That said, the former South Africa and India has a strong reputation for increasing sides with existing depth and therefore could still secure the equivalent position with the white ball setup.

Paul Collingwood, currently an assistant coach with England, is another being considered for the limited role while former Australian batsman Simon Katich has also been part of a recruitment process which began when Key took charge of national teams male at the beginning of last month.

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McCullum’s appointment to the Test squad would be a bold move by Key and one that will raise questions about the domestic coaching landscape in England, especially since the former wicketkeeper has never coached a team himself. first class.

McCullum is widely credited, however, with changing the culture of the New Zealand Test team as captain between 2013 and 2016 and laying the foundations for the Test World Championship title last year under his successor, Kane Williamson.

McCullum coaches the Kolkata Knightriders in the Indian Premier League, but Key has previously said he is open to the England head coach having a second job in the world’s most lucrative T20 tournament if he secures the right one. candidate.

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