Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named head coach of England’s men’s cricket Test squad on a four-year contract. McCullum, who is presently coaching the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, will make his England debut on June 2 against New Zealand at Lord’s.

“I am well aware of the major hurdles the team is now facing as a result of accepting this position. I am confident in my abilities to assist the squad in becoming a greater force after we have faced them straight on “McCullum said.

“Rob Key’s excitement is infectious, and I’ve enjoyed numerous spirited chats with him concerning the team’s direction of travel. I’m no stranger to implementing change in a group setting, and I’m excited to get started.”

McCullum has no First-Class coaching experience, but his leadership credentials are second to none. New Zealand became a force to be reckoned with under his guidance, as he led the BlackCaps to the 2015 World Cup final. During his 12-year career, McCullum played 101 Tests for New Zealand, retiring in 2019. As England prepares to usher in the McCullum-Ben Stokes era, the former Incoming Zealand captain had some kind words for England’s new Test skipper.

“Ben Stokes is the ideal figure to inspire change in the world, and I’m looking forward to working closely with him to create a successful unit around us,” McCullum continued.

McCullum takes over as coach from Chris Silverwood, and Rob Key, the ECB’s newly-appointed general director of cricket, expects England to enter a new era under McCullum and Stokes.