New Zealand Coach Gary Stead Feels England Test Coach Brendon McCullum Will Have “Instant Impact” On The Team

Brendon Mccullum And Ben Stokes. Photo- SKy Sports
Brendon Mccullum And Ben Stokes. Photo- SKy Sports

New Zealand National Cricket Team head coach Gary Stead has opined that the newly appointed England National Cricket Team Test coach, Brendon McCullum, will have an “instant impact” on the Ben Stokes-led team.

Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand skipper, was recently appointed as England’s Test coach and he will start his tenure with the series against his former team, New Zealand, from June 2.

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Gary Stead
Gary Stead (Image Credit: Twitter)

Big changes have been made to England’s Test setup after the awful run of the team for an extended period. Notably, England have won only one out of the last 17 Tests they have played. Also, all-rounder, Ben Stokes has been appointed as the new England skipper and Rob Key has been named as the new managing director.

While talking about McCullum, Gary Stead said that he has known McCullum for a very long time and he will have an instant impact on the English team as a head coach. He added that the newly appointed England coach will be very clear with his plans.

“I have no doubt, knowing Baz (McCullum), that he will have an instant impact,” Stead told reporters.

Brendon McCullum, ICC Final,
Brendon McCullum (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Brendon will bring that heart-on-the-sleeve type (of) play, I’m sure, into that England squad. He’ll be really clear on what he wants and how he wants them to play the game,” he added.

It’s a 50 per cent chance for both teams of winning – Gary Stead on New Zealand vs England series

Kane Williamson and Gary Stead
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and head coach Gary Stead. Credits: Twitter

The three-match Test series between England National Cricket Team and New Zealand National Cricket Team will begin at the iconic Lord’s from June 2.

Yesterday, New Zealand named a 15-member squad for the England series and the participation of Trent Boult and Henry Nicholls is doubtful. However, New Zealand will be high on confidence having won the last time they visited England for a 2-match Test series.

Meanwhile, Stead has said that he doesn’t feel New Zealand are favourites to win the series and both the teams have an equal chance of winning the series.

“We certainly don’t look at it that way. (It’s) a 50 per cent chance for both teams of winning the game when you start. It’s just winning small moments and then the result will look after itself,” he stated.

Also Read: New Zealand Name 15-Man Squad For 1st Test Against England; Henry Nicholls, Trent Boult Doubtful

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