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Brendon McCullum, a ‘bold and inspiring’ recruit as England men’s Test coach, says Michael Atherton as he praises Ben Stokes pairing | Cricket News Sky News

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Michael Atherton gives his first reaction to the appointment of new England Tests head coach Brendon McCullum.

Michael Atherton gives his first reaction to the appointment of new England Tests head coach Brendon McCullum.

Sky Sports Cricket Michael Atherton says Brendon McCullum is a “bold and inspiring choice” as England’s new men’s Test coach, and believes he and Ben Stokes will make a “fearless and aggressive” combination.

McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, was confirmed as Chris Silverwood’s successor on Thursday, marking another key hire for England following the arrival of Rob Key as chief executive and the appointment of Stokes as captain of testing.

McCullum lacks experience as a red ball coach – he is currently in charge of the Indian Premier League’s Kolkata Knight Riders franchise – but Athers has given his approval for the appointment of the Kiwi legend, 40.

“I think it’s a very bold and imaginative choice, and an inspiring choice by Rob Key,” Atherton said.

“Giving Ben Stokes the captaincy was the obvious choice and so his first big decision was to give Brendon McCullum the Test job.

“About a week ago, I don’t think it was on anyone’s radar, so he didn’t make the obvious choice here, but I think it’s a very bold choice.”

James Cole discusses the priorities of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as he is announced the new England Men's Tests head coach.

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James Cole discusses the priorities of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as he is announced the new England Men’s Tests head coach.

James Cole discusses the priorities of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as he is announced the new England Men’s Tests head coach.

McCullum has extensive experience as an international player and captain, but little as a coach, with his post-playing career having so far taken him to the IPL and the Caribbean Premier League.

But Athers added: “I don’t think that’s a problem. Other people in the professional coaching environment might think so.

“His limited coaching experience came in the IPL with the Kolkata Nightriders and in the CPL with their sister team. But he played 100 Tests, scored a triple hundred Test match and he was very important in Test cricket in his own right.

In 2015, then New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum joined Nick Knight in giving a masterclass on the pitch.

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In 2015, then New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum joined Nick Knight in giving a masterclass on the pitch.

In 2015, then New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum joined Nick Knight in giving a masterclass on the pitch.

“As captain, he really led New Zealand into a brave new era, from the time he took over – in Cape Town in 2013 – New Zealand’s first-ever innings were played in 45 It was very low reflux and a very difficult transition. by Ross Taylor.

“But after that he led boldly and fearlessly, and transformed that New Zealand team to the point where he laid the foundations for Kane Williamson’s side who became world test champions and were very important players in ICC events. So as a captain and as a leader he has a lot of experience in test match cricket.”

“McCullum and Stokes an aggressive combination”

McCullum links up with Stokes to form a vital combination in England’s bid to revitalize their Test fortunes, and Athers believes the pair will fit in well.

“He’s fine with Stokes, they both approach the game and play the game in the same way and they’ll be looking to give a very clear message, captain and manager, and show they’re singing from the same sheet. anthem to a team you now expect to have a bit of freedom and license to play.

England Tests captain Ben Stokes hits five straight sixes to reach his 100 in County Championship action for Durham.

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England Tests captain Ben Stokes hits five straight sixes to reach his 100 in County Championship action for Durham.

England Tests captain Ben Stokes hits five straight sixes to reach his 100 in County Championship action for Durham.

“Neither Stokes nor McCullum are shy characters when it comes to playing cricket, they like to take the game and play it aggressively.

“It is assumed that McCullum as a coach will be very similar to McCullum as a player and captain.”

Athers also pointed out the two reasons he thinks Key went with McCullum.

“One is the Stokes combination,” he said. “There’s a chapter in Rob Key’s autobiography where he talks about coaching and he says the combination of captain and coach is absolutely essential.

“I think he wanted someone he thought Stokes could work with. I think Stokes will have a lot of esteem and respect for McCullum for what he’s done in the game, so that’s a good combination.

New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

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New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

“And second, Rob Key will know what McCullum did with the New Zealand team from 2013 to 2016, and hope he can inspire England to do the same. We know that McCullum has the experience of transforming a situation and a group. of players.

“I don’t think you’re looking at a guy who’s going to be a particularly technical coach. I think Rob is looking for Brendon to inspire, to lead, to let some of his character rub off on an English dressing room that has had a pretty tough time for two years. »

Athers continued: “I think there’s a sense of optimism behind Stokes being made England captain, and that optimism was boosted a bit more with McCullum.”

McCullum’s arrival ferry: changes at the top of the list?

McCullum is expected to be in place for the first Test against world champions New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2, with England looking to bounce back with their new signings after a dismal winter.

Asked which players England will be looking for, Athers said: “It is assumed that the Stokes-McCullum route will be on the aggressive side.

In a 2015 interview, former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum spoke about the importance of the relationship between a captain and a manager for the success of a team.

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In a 2015 interview, former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum spoke about the importance of the relationship between a captain and a manager for the success of a team.

In a 2015 interview, former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum spoke about the importance of the relationship between a captain and a manager for the success of a team.

“They’ll have to decide what kind of players they want to have, we’ve already heard Ben say he wants James Anderson and Stuart Broad back.

“They then have 400 top class cricketers to watch.”

He added: “I think the top order has been England’s biggest problem over the last couple of years. This higher order has been particularly vulnerable.

“We know Root are going to be number 4, Stokes are going to be number 6, so the questions revolve around numbers 3 and 5 in particular, if they want to keep the same opening combination they had in the Caribbean. Zak Crawley ran out of races at the start of the year, Alex Lees did well, although he may not be the type of role model they are looking for.

Former New Zealand team-mate Simon Doull discusses Brendon Mccullum's vital role to play for England as he is announced as the new Test head coach today.

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Former New Zealand team-mate Simon Doull discusses Brendon Mccullum’s vital role to play for England as he is announced as the new Test head coach today.

Former New Zealand team-mate Simon Doull discusses Brendon Mccullum’s vital role to play for England as he is announced as the new Test head coach today.

“You really only know the positions of Root and Stokes, so there are plenty of options as we get into the fifth and sixth rounds of the County Championship games, and opportunities for players to impress.”

What about the white ball coach?

England are set to make another appointment next week with a new white ball manager.

On that process, Athers admitted Paul Collingwood was the favorite but England were right to “open up the process and talk to as many people as possible”.

“There’s a pretty strong word that Matthew Mott, who has been in charge of the Australian women’s team, has been a strong candidate and has interviewed well,” said Athers.

“But I think Paul Collingwood is the favorite and I wouldn’t be against that choice,

“I think he’s very well liked and knows his stuff, and would build a good relationship with Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Joss Buttler – that senior group.”

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