England announce Brendon McCullum as Test Head Coach with New Zealander excited to work with new captain Ben Stokes

ENGLAND have announced Brendon McCullum as Test Head Coach and he has expressed his excitement to work with new captain Ben Stokes.

The 40-year-oldwill be in place to start his role for next month's LV= Insurance three-match Test series against New Zealand subject to obtaining a work visa.

The Test series is due to get underway at Lord's on June 2.

On his appointment, McCullum said: "I'd like to say how pleased I am to be given this opportunity to positively contribute to England's Test cricket set-up and move the team forward into a more successful era.

"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.

"I've enjoyed several robust conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and have found his enthusiasm contagious.


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"I'm no stranger to bringing about change within a team environment, and I can't wait to get started."

McCullum is also stoked to work with new captain Stokes, who "inspires change around him".

The former Cricketer continued: "Ben Stokes is the perfect character to inspire change around him, and I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unit around us."

Managing Director of England's Men's Cricket Rob Key says McCullum has a knack of "changing cricket culture and environments for the better".

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Key is also looking forward to seeing McCullum and Stokes' "formidable coach and captain partnership".

He said: "We are delighted to confirm Brendon as England Men's Test Head Coach.

"It has been a real privilege to get to know him and understand his views and vision for the game.

"I believe his appointment will be good for England's Test team.

"He has a recent history of changing cricket culture and environments for the better, and I believe he is the person to do that for England's red-ball cricket.

"We were incredibly fortunate to have a seriously strong list of quality candidates for the post, with Brendon demonstrating he was our number one choice."

Key continued: "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."

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