New Zealand head coach Gary Stead believes Brendon McCullum will have an instant influence on England’s test squad, but that supporters will have to wait for the results. Old New Zealand captain McCullum has been named England captain for the two-Test series against his former country, which begins on Thursday at Lord’s. Brendon McCullum, England’s head coach, wants to ‘quieten’ the strain.

At a press conference, Brendon McCullum said that he wants to filter out extraneous noise and “quieten down some stuff for the players, but also for myself.” The former New Zealand captain has been named head coach of England’s Test side in an attempt to turn around their fortunes, which have seen them win just one of their past 17 games. McCullum has been tasked with turning around an England squad that has only won one test in 17 matches, with new England captain Ben Stokes and a new managing director in Rob Key.

McCullum, along with previous Black Caps head coach Mike Hesson, was a catalyst for change in New Zealand cricket, according to Stead, and would have an immediate impact in his new post. “Knowing Baz (McCullum), I have no doubt that he will have an immediate effect,” Stead told reporters.

“I’m confident Brendon will bring his heart-on-sleeve style of play to the England group. He’ll be quite specific about what he wants and how he wants the game to be played. (However)… the game is still about the participants. I’m confident he’ll have an influence, but who knows whether it’ll be now or in the future.”

New Zealand selected a 15-man team on Monday, but injured batsman Henry Nicholls and pace spearhead Trent Boult are unlikely to play at Lord’s.