PAK vs ENG: Brendon McCullum Urges England's Players To Be Desperate To Play Test Cricket

Updated - 28 Nov 2022, 11:17 AM

Brendon Mccullum (Image Credits: Twitter)
Brendon Mccullum (Image Credits: Twitter)

When questioned about his coaching approach, Brendon McCullum is speechless. We are aware that he is not a dictatorial drill sergeant who gives commands, but he also does not have a soft spot.

The upcoming task for England captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum is a test series in Pakistan.

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Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes
Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes. (Photo: Twitter)

“I’m not sure what my style is. “I’m not sure I’m a coach either, We know he wants to do things differently, and he has a captain “of the same ilk” in Ben Stokes who is eager to create an environment where “fun” and “enjoying” playing cricket are important”Brendon McCullum admits.

But it’s more serious and has a broader end goal than that. When he started working in June, he talked about protecting test cricket, but after an Ashes thrashing, he turned to English cricket. It appeared to be a note to the audience.

Now that Twenty20 offers a far easier and more profitable alternative to test cricket, he is being more upfront about the issue of finding players who still want to put up with the game’s arduous grind.

“Cricket is in a pretty interesting place right now.” The chances are fantastic, and individuals understandably want to look after their families and ensure their jobs are long-term successes, but I just want them to be desperate to play test cricket. It is the most enjoyable form of cricket” Brendon McCullum said.

England new. PC- Getty
England new. PC- Getty

“The story that is test cricket takes you on such a journey that if we ever lose that, cricket becomes just another game to me. Love T20 cricket, embrace franchise cricket, but do everything you can to ensure that the game’s purest form continues” Brendon McCullum remarked.

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 “We believe in what we are doing”: Brendon McCullum

McCullum hasn’t participated in a test game in Pakistan. His assistants Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick took part in the 2005 tour, but it is the extent of their prior knowledge.

England National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Getty Images)
England National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Getty Images)

“We’ll have a crack, If we lose, then we’ll deal with that when it comes. To me, the really important thing is to have a resilient environment. We believe in what we are doing. Well, that’s okay (to lose). We will just get up and go again and have another crack at it” Brendon McCullum says.

England squad: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed.

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