England head coach Brendon McCullum has compared the recently concluded Ashes 2023 series to a battle between two heavyweight boxers. Brendon McCullum stated that he is proud of his players’ performances and their solid comeback in the series.
The Ben Stokes-led team defeated the Australia team by 49 runs in the fifth and final Test of the ongoing series at the Oval in London on Monday, July 31. The hosts showed fight and levelled the five-match Ashes series 2-2 despite trailing 2-0 after the first two matches.
It Was Really Special – Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum expressed his satisfaction with the England players’ performance, describing the series as “amazing” and “really special.”
“Amazing to be part of this series. Two incredible cricket teams with contrasting style much like a heavyweight boxing fight and it lived up to the billing. It was really special,” McCullum told Sky Sports.
“I am very proud of the way our boys stayed very strong to what we want to do throughout the series. It is a nice reflection of a great series,” he added.
The England cricket team dominated in the last two games against Australia. The fourth Test ended in a draw due to rain, even though they were in a winning position. Despite the weather interruption, England’s bowlers had enough time to produce a result in the final Test.
We Are Going To Miss Him – Brendon McCullum
The former New Zealand skipper praised Stuart Broad, describing him as an amazing player who has had a huge impact on the game. McCullum mentioned that Broad will be missed in the England dressing room.
“What he has been able to achieve is absolutely amazing. It’s hard to really sum up in few words what Stuart Broad is about and what the impact he has had on this game.
What he has been able to bring to the dressing room in the last 14-15 months. It is nothing sort of unbelievable. He is a one true competitor, he writes his own scripts, and to go out as a fairytale that he has done is a testament to that. We are going to miss him huge amount. He deserves to leave on his terms.”
The 37-year-old achieved significant milestones in Test cricket during the Ashes 2023 series. He took 150 wickets in the Ashes and entered the 600-wicket club in the longer format of the game. He finished as the second-leading wicket-taker with 22 scalps in the five Tests.