England, Brendon McCullum, men’s Test coach, contract, deal, Ben Stokes

England have landed on a former New Zealand captain in their search for a new men’s Test coach, revealing Brendon McCullum as the man for the job on a four-year deal.

The replacement for Chris Silverwood, who was released following the disastrous England Ashes tour, will lead the Poms for the first time in a three-Test series against New Zealand, which kicks off at Lord’s on June 2.

McCullum coaches Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and coached Trinbago Knight Riders to the 2020 Caribbean Premier League title.

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He had previously played 101 Tests, 260 One-day matches and 71 T20s for New Zealand, posting over 14,000 international runs as one of the most destructive hitters in world cricket.

He captained New Zealand from 2012 until his international retirement in 2016.

McCullum’s announcement comes around a fortnight after Ben Stokes was revealed as Joe Root’s successor as captain, while it also follows the appointment of Rob Key as general manager.

“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.

“I had several solid conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and found his enthusiasm to be infectious.

“I’m no stranger to making changes in a team environment, and I can’t wait to get started.

“Ben Stokes is the perfect character to inspire change around him, and I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unity around us.”

Key said McCullum was the “No. 1 choice” from “a very strong list of quality candidates.”

“We are delighted to confirm Brendon as England Men’s Tests Head Coach. It has been a real privilege to know him and understand his perspective and vision for the game. I think his appointment will be good for the England test team,” Key said. .

“He has a recent history of changing cricketing culture and environments for the better, and I think he is the person to do that for England red-ball cricket.”

England are placed sixth in the men’s test cricket, behind Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan.

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