Brendon McCullum to be England’s white-ball coach?

Gary Kirsten is in the running to be named England’s Test coach.

Following Chris Silverwood’s dismissal for England’s poor red-ball performances over the last 12 months, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has made a major decision on the recruitment of the core coaching staff. While they have apparently chosen Gary Kirsten, India’s 2011 World Cup-winning coach, as their next Test coach, they have also identified a viable candidate for the limited-overs setup.

Brendon McCullum, one of the best batters of his generation and possibly the most strategic captain to have led New Zealand from the front, is the nominee. McCullum has been “added to their wishlist,” according to reports in the Daily Mail, and is the leading prospect to take up the new role for the defending ODI world champions.

Meanwhile, England’s new Managing Director of Men’s Cricket, Robert Key, has stated that he will keep Eoin Morgan, the national team’s white-ball captain, informed of all appointments and other decisions.

Brendon McCullum frontrunner

I’d want to chat with Eoin about the following: Key, Robert

“I’d speak to Eoin about so many different topics, and in terms of white-ball cricket, he’s on top of everything,” Key remarked, according to The Mirror. “He understands what he wants and he knows a lot of the coaches in the area, so he’s one of the first people you should talk to about it,” he continued.

Brendon McCullum, like Kirsten, has a tremendous of coaching expertise under his belt. He is now the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have won the IPL twice, and previously led Trinbago Knight Riders to the Caribbean Premier League title in 2020.

He also has one of the brightest cricketing minds, which aided him in radically reinventing New Zealand cricket after assuming the captaincy reins in 2012. In the 2015 World Cup, which was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia, he led the Black Caps to their first-ever World Cup final. Unfortunately for New Zealand, they were unable to overcome the final obstacle and were defeated by Michael Clarke’s Australians in a one-sided match.