Newly appointed England red-ball skipper Ben Stokes has said that he has enjoyed working with the former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who was recently named as the new head coach of England’s Test team.
England will be playing their first Test match against New Zealand on June 2 at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, under the leadership of Stokes, who replaced Joe Root as skipper of the Test team. Also, this series between England and New Zealand will be McCullum’s first series as the new Test coach of England.
Stokes, ahead of the series against New Zealand, spoke about the presence of Brendon McCullum in England’s dressing room and his experiences with the Ex-kiwi captain.
“He has pretty much-done everything like he explained, the way he coaches,” Stokes was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
“He hasn’t thrown one ball yet, he has lived up to that, but he has been good. It is all about making everyone feel, in his words, ’10 feet tall,’ he added.
“I think it is pretty obvious in the way he will speak in the dressing room, because of the way he played cricket and when he was in charge of New Zealand. It’s been a good few days working with him,” Stokes added.
Everyone is starting fresh now – Ben Stokes
Huge changes have been made to England’s Test setup after the horrible run of the team for an extended period of time. Notably, England have won only one out of the last 17 Tests they have played.
Meanwhile, Stokes further said that the England players whether they are veterans or newbies, everyone will be starting fresh this time.
“We have got so much experience in that dressing room, with myself, Joe Root, Broady, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, and at the other end we’ve younger lads with inexperience. But this is our time, we are going to dictate how things go, going forward. There is nothing on this blank canvas. Everyone is starting fresh now, whether you are Matt Potts or Stuart Broad or Jimmy Anderson,” The England captain said
Get All Cricket match prediction and fantasy Tips – CLICK HERE