New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee recommended that England, led by Brendon McCullum, might turn the situation around in the longer format. He told reporters that McCullum is a great man-manager and that he believes he will be successful in his new role.
England’s Test team will go through a transition period under new captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum. The team will face New Zealand in a three-match Test series at home beginning on Thursday, June 2.
The experienced New Zealand fast bowler noted that McCullum managed to play a fearless brand of cricket during his profession and anticipates him to do so during his coaching long tenure. According to Tim Southee:
“He’s an excellent man-manager who enjoys bringing out the best in others. I’m quite certain he’ll do it here as well. The way he played cricket was fascinating and fearless, which is how he is as an individual and, I’m sure, how he is as a coach.”
“I’m sure it’ll be a thrilling brand of cricket. If the way he handles things is any indication, they (England) will not die wondering.”
Tim Southee discusses New Zealand’s talent pool:
Tim Southee added that because New Zealand is a small country, there are fewer players to choose from. However, he mentioned that as a result, they must make the most of the resources provided to them.
Southee elaborated: “We are questioned by our small size, a lack of players, and a lack of resources. It’s just the Kiwi way to pitch in and make the most of what we’ve got. That is not going to change; we will not suddenly have a large pool to choose from.”
The first Test of the series will be held on June 2 between England and New Zealand. The match will take place at London’s iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.