England’s new Test coach Brendon McCullum has said he prefers the responsibility of getting England Test cricket off the floor rather than the “comfortable” job of handling white-ball teams. McCullum’s appointment was announced on Thursday and he will join the squad ahead of the June 2 series against New Zealand, soon after the conclusion of Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL campaign.
Speaking to SENZ radio, he said, “I saw both the roles but I didn’t like the role of white-ball coach. England are probably the best team in the world in these formats and there my good friend Eoin Morgan did a great system. which I think will go on well after them. I was never interested in such a comfortable job. I always feel that if you want to change something in your life then you need something more uphill challenge. England’s Test team is currently on the floor and the real challenge was to make it a successful team in the times to come.
McCullum also conceded that empowering England, having won just one Test in their last 17, was also essential to the health of the Test format. McCullum’s contract is for four years, meaning he will be with the team until the 2025-26 Ashes in Australia.
He said, “I think the popularity of Test cricket is decreasing day by day. I have been fortunate enough to be associated with limited overs cricket and franchise cricket, but my real love is Test cricket. If you can make a country attractive and popular again, it’s England. If you can play a catchy Test style with a smile on your face, then I think if I’ve been deemed fit for the job, it’s the right fit for me. ”
McCullum is also excited about watching Ben Stokes’ captaincy up close. After joking about the New Zealand-born Stokes and his compatriot, he said, “The way Stokes plays his cricket is very similar to my game and coaching style. Although the first day of the Lord’s Test will be very interesting. But fun too. is about to come.”