Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Cricket

New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum set to be named England Test coach by end of next week as Rob Key begins new regime

BRENDON McCULLUM looks set to be named England’s new Test coach by the end of the week.

McCullum is the favourite after a round of interviews led by the ECB’s chief Rob Key at the start of the week.

Brendon McCullum was a key player for New Zealand over his 14-year international career.

Rob Key became the new managing director of England men’s cricket in April.

Yesterday moves were under way to have Key’s preferred nominee ratified by the ECB board, whose approval is likely to be swift.

This only leaves contractual details and any work permit arrangements to be settled.

If all goes smoothly an announcement could come today, but more time could be required to iron out the logistics.

The 40-year-old’s current role in charge of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders was one potential discussion point.

READ MORE IN SPORT

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

STOKE THE FIRE

Watch Stokes hit outrageous 34 runs in over as England skipper breaks record

£30 BONUS

Leeds vs Chelsea – bonus: Get £30 in FREE BETS plus £10 casino credit!

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

But Key had previously indicated there could be an element of flexibility around IPL employment given his decision to split the red and white-ball positions.

Indian Express newspaper reports that McCullum has already told KKR he will be leaving his post to take up the reins with England.

McCullum has never coached a first-class side before, let alone a Test nation, but has a reputation as an astute thinker and inspirational skipper.

He made 101 Test appearances during a 14-year international career with New Zealand, as well as 331 in limited-overs cricket.

SUN BINGO GET £50 BONUS & 50 FREE SPINS TODAY

And he was an active player on the Twenty20 circuit as recently as 2019.

He is also a close pal of England’s white-ball captain Eoin Morgan — who chose him as master of ceremonies at his wedding.

Both Morgan and newly-installed Test captain Ben Stokes have been canvassed for their opinions on the candidates and both are likely to have given enthusiastic support to McCullum.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Previous frontrunner for the Test job Gary Kirsten could be a contender for limited-overs position.

Read More on SE

JACKPOT JOY

Britain’s biggest ever EuroMillions jackpot of £184m is CLAIMED

D’ACAMPO TO TANGO

Strictly bosses set to sign This Morning chef for 20th anniversary

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The former South Africa and India chief would face competition from current assistant coach Paul Collingwood and Australian Simon Katich.

However, the ECB are likely to leave that decision until next week.

Did you miss our previous article…
https://www.sportingexcitement.com/cricket/who-is-graham-thorpes-wife/

Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest

Horse Racing

THE popular punter and tipster Graeme Dand has sadly died of cancer at the age of 40. Dand was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer...

Premier League

CHRIS SMALLING has been hailed for his man of the match performance in Roma’s Europa Conference League final win. The former Manchester United defender...

Boxing

DEONTAY WILDER’s girlfriend Telli Swift has praised her man’s ‘sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears’ after he unveiled a statue of himself in Alabama. The...

Premier League

MANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham are keeping tabs on Inter Milan ace Alessandro Bastoni, reports suggest. That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who claim...

Boxing

TYSON FURY has reacted to Anthony Joshua’s encounter with a bunch of gobby Loughborough University students. SunSport revealed this week that AJ gave the...

Premier League

CESAR AZPILICUETA and Marcos Alonso are finally set to negotiate their Chelsea exits this Friday, according to reports. The duo have been heavily linked...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook