England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan has said that he is jealous of Ben Stokes-drove Test side for having Brendon McCullum as their head coach.
Morgan, who drove England to the 2019 ODI World Cup triumph, and McCullum have played against one another. The pair have also been together as colleagues for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, as well as skipper and coach for the KKR.
Eoin Morgan Excited For England Test Team Future Under Brendon McCullum
“It’s unbelievably exciting,” Morgan told Sportsmail. “In many ways I’m jealous of the Test players because, having played both with him and under him, I know what a great man-manager Baz is.
“The best head coaches have this ability to lighten things up and reiterate what direction you’re going in, what your purpose is. It’s a brilliant appointment and it says not only a huge amount about English Test cricket but Test cricket in general. We need to be competitive for it to flourish.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) gave the Test duty to former New Zealand cricketer and KKR mentor McCullum following the side’s Ashes embarrassment in Australia recently.
Additionally, Joe Root ventured down as Test captain after England lost the Richards-Botham Trophy to West Indies 0-1 and in this way, Stokes was selected as the new full-time skipper.
Brendon McCullum To Face New Zealand For His First Assignment For England
McCullum will start his first assignment with the three-Test match series among England and New Zealand in June. The ECB’s selection panel of Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison, Managing Director of England’s Men’s Cricket Rob Key, Strategic Adviser Andrew Strauss and Performance Director Mo Bobat collectively concurred that McCullum was the exceptional contender for the job, having intrigued during the cutthroat interview process.
English selection committe have recalled experienced duo of quick bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the impending series against New Zealand after the team were scorned during the away series against West Indies.