Gary Kirsten has again missed out on the chance to coach England’s Test team, with Brendon McCullum getting the job.
The former Proteas and India coach was also overlooked for the England role the last time it was available. Chris Silverwood was appointed instead and his tenure ended with a humiliating 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.
McCullum will leave his role in charge of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders to take over a Test side that has fallen to bottom place in the World Test Championship after a dire run of one win in 17 matches.
The former New Zealand captain, who won 101 Test caps and retired from international cricket in 2016, made it clear that he has firm views about what actions he needs to take.
“In taking this role on, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team faces at present, and I strongly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we’ve confronted them head on,” said the 40-year-old.
“I’ve enjoyed several robust conversations with [new director of cricket] Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and have found his enthusiasm contagious.
“I’m no stranger to bringing about change within a team environment and I can’t wait to get started.”
Key said he was enthused about the prospect of McCullum linking up with new Test skipper Ben Stokes.
“We are delighted to confirm Brendon as England men’s Test head coach,” he said. “It has been a real privilege to get to know him and understand his views and vision for the game.
“I believe in Brendon and Ben Stokes – a formidable coach-and- captain partnership. Time for us all to buckle up and get ready for the ride. I believe his appointment will be good for England’s Test team.”
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