Brendon McCullum named new England test coach

Brendon McCullum has been confirmed as the new head coach of the England men’s cricket team.

The 40-year-old former Black Caps captain replaces Chris Silverwood, who quit in February following the Ashes’ 4-0 humiliation in Australia.

McCullum’s first task as England manager will be a series against New Zealand, “subject to obtaining the necessary work visa”, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have said. The first of three tests begins at Lord’s on June 2.

McCullum’s appointment comes after Christchurch-born Ben Stokes was named the new England captain.

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“I would like to say how happy I am to have this opportunity to contribute positively to the setup of Test cricket in England and to lead the team forward into a more successful era,” said McCullum.

“In taking on this role, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team currently faces, and I firmly believe in my ability to help the team become a stronger force once we have faced them head on.”

England men’s cricket general manager Rob Key said McCullum had a history of changing cricketing culture and environments for the better.

“He’s the person to do it for English red-ball cricket,” Key said.

“I believe in Brendon and Ben Stokes – a great partnership of coach and captain. It’s time for all of us to buckle up and get ready to race.”

McCullum said Stokes was “the perfect character to inspire change around him”.

“I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unit around us.”

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