“I believe in Brendon and Ben Stokes – a formidable partnership of coach and captain. Time for all of us to buckle up and get ready for the ride,” said Rob Key, England team director.
McCullum has resigned as head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders and will join England once the franchise’s IPL season is over, which could be in the middle of next week if they don’t make the play-offs.
He played 101 Tests for New Zealand, becoming the first Kiwi to score a triple century Test. He ended his career by scoring the hundred-fastest test ever in his final game. He revolutionized their approach to day cricket, taking them to the 2015 World Cup final with an aggressive style copied by Eoin Morgan.
McCullum picks up the England Test team after five straight series defeats and just one win in 17 Tests.
“In taking on this role, I am aware of the significant challenges the team currently faces and believe strongly in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we tackle them head-on,” he said. .
“I enjoyed several robust conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and found his enthusiasm contagious. I’m no stranger to bringing change within a team environment and I can’t wait to get started.
“Ben Stokes is the perfect character to inspire change around him, and I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unit around us.”