Michael Atherton has given his initial reaction to the appointment of England’s new Test manager Brandon McCallum.
sky sports cricket Michael Atherton says Brandon McCallum is a “bold and inspiring choice” as England’s new men’s Test coach and believes he and Ben Stokes will form a “fearless and motivated team” “The combination.
Former New Zealand captain McCallum was confirmed on Thursday as Chris Silverwood’s successor, following Rob Key’s appointment as managing director and Stokes’ appointment to Test After the captain, another important hire for the England team.
McCallum lacks the experience of a red-ball coach – he is currently in charge of the Kolkata Cavaliers in the Indian Premier League – but Arthurs has agreed to appoint the 40-year-old New Zealand legend.
“I think it’s a very bold and imaginative choice and an inspiring choice for Rob Key,” Atherton said.
“Having Ben Stokes captain was the obvious choice, so his first big decision was to put Brendon McCallum on the Test job.
“About a week ago, I don’t think it caught anyone’s attention, so he didn’t make an obvious choice here, but I think it was a very bold one.”
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McCallum has extensive experience as an international player and captain, but little as a coach, and his post-match career so far has taken him to the IPL and the Caribbean Premier League.
But Arthurs added: “I don’t think it’s a problem. Some other people in a professional coaching environment might think so.
“His limited coaching experience came from the IPL of the Calcutta Night Riders and their sister team in the CPL. But he did play 100 Tests, scored three hundred in Test matches, and he was very important in Test cricket.
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“As captain he really led New Zealand into a brave new era and from the moment he took over – in Cape Town in 2013 – New Zealand was knocked out of the first innings of 45 innings. It was a very Low tide and very difficult transition from Rose Taylor.
“But after that, he led boldly, changed the New Zealand team, laid the foundation for Kane Williamson’s team, became world Test champions and played a very important role in ICC competitions. So , he has a lot of experience in Test cricket as a captain and leader.”
“McCallum and Stokes are a positive combination”
McCallum has teamed up with Stokes to form a key combination in England’s revival of their Test fortunes, and Arthurs is confident the pair will fit together well.
“He’s a perfect fit for Stokes, they all approach the game and play in a similar way and they want to be able to send a very clear message, the captain and the coach, and show that they’re singing to the team from the same hymn you’re expecting now A little freedom and permission to play.
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“Neither Stokes nor McCallum are shy characters when it comes to cricket, they like to keep playing and play actively.
“There’s a belief that McCallum as a coach will be very similar to McCallum as a player and captain.”
Athers also highlighted two reasons he believes Key chose McCullum.
“One is Stokes’ combination,” he said. “There is a chapter in Rob Key’s autobiography that talks about the coach and he says the bond between the captain and the coach is absolutely critical.
“I think he wants someone who he thinks Stokes can work with. I think Stokes will have a lot of respect and respect for what McCallum is doing in the game, so it’s a good combination.
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“Secondly, Rob Key will know what McCallum did with New Zealand between 2013 and 2016 and hopefully he can inspire England to do the same. We know McCallum has the power to change the game and change a group of people. player experience.
“I don’t think you’re looking for someone who’s going to be a special technical coach. I think Rob is looking for Brendon to inspire and lead, to have some of his roles make an impact in the England dressing room, which has been through Two years of pretty tough time.”
Arthur continued: “I think there’s an optimism behind Stokes being England captain and that optimism is boosted by McCallum.”
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McCullum will have their first Test against world champions New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2, with England looking to bounce back with their new staff after a dismal winter.
Asked what kind of players England would be looking for, Arthurs said: “People thought the Stokes-McCallum approach would be on the aggressive side.
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“They have to decide what kind of players they want and we’ve heard Ben say he wants James Anderson and Stuart Broad back.
“Then they have 400 first-class cricketers come and see.”
He added: “I think the top order has been England’s biggest problem for the past two years. The top order is particularly vulnerable.
“We know Root will be No. 4 and Stokes will be No. 6, so the question is mainly around No. 3 and No. 5 if they want to keep the same opening mix as the Caribbean. Zach Crowley in A poor start to the year, Alex Lees is doing well, although he may not fit the kind of template they’re looking for.
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“You only really know where Root and Stokes are, so when we come to the fifth and sixth rounds of the County Championship, there are a lot of options and a chance to impress the players.”
What about the white ball coach?
England are expected to appoint a new white-ball coach again next week.
In the process, Arthurs conceded Paul Collingwood was the favourite but England were right to “open up the process and talk to as many people as possible”.
“There was a very strong argument that Matthew Mott, who has been in charge of the Australian women’s team, was a strong candidate and interviewed well,” Athers said.
“But I think Paul Collingwood is the favourite and I wouldn’t object to that choice,
“I think he’s highly regarded and knows his stuff and will have a great relationship with Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Joss Buttler – that senior group.”