Brendon McCullum says Ben Stokes is a ‘follow me’ captain

Brendon McCullum says Ben Stokes is a ‘follow me’ captain

Brendon McCullum says Ben Stokes is a ‘follow me’ captain

Brendon McCullum is in no question Ben Stokes has the ideal credits to be England captain and is eager to be working with him in his new job as the men’s Test group’s lead trainer.

All-rounder Stokes was named as Joe Root’s replacement as captain toward the finish of April, trailed by previous New Zealand worldwide McCullum being designated to lead the group off the field a little more than about fourteen days prior.

The 40-year-old is currently getting ready England to take on his country in the primary match of a three-Test series at Lord’s what begins on June 2, live on Sky Sports, and accepts Stokes is the best individual to lead the group into another period.

Britain have won only one and lost 11 of their last 17 Tests and McCullum says a piece of his job is to assist the group with shedding any “apprehension about disappointment”.

“I’ve adored watching Stokesy play cricket throughout the long term,” McCullum told. “He’s one of those genuine characters of the game for who the harder it is, the more they move forward.


“Certain individuals are brought into the world with those characteristics, and I believe he’s unquestionably one of those folks.

I’m anticipating working with him and there will be a few powerful discussions on occasion.

I’ll presumably must be more stopping of holes in some cases as opposed to in a few past jobs I’ve had in administration or captaincy, where I’ve most likely been a smidgen more like Stokesy on occasion.

“I don’t mentor actually. I figure out the strategies, however for me it’s more around man-the board and attempting to give the right climate to the group to go out and be their best selves.

“With Stokesy as chief, we have an extremely impressive pioneer – a genuine ‘follow me’ kind of skipper – and my work will be to guarantee we’re reliable with our informing, care for the folks inside the climate too and attempt to permit them to develop at a speed they probably won’t must beforehand, so it’s a decent test.”

On England’s battles throughout recent months, McCullum said: “I see folks who are perhaps only a tad bit struck by the feeling of dread toward disappointment as opposed to the chance of progress.


“I check out at it with an alternate sort of focal point. My most memorable occupation is to attempt to bring a genuinely new sort of approach and a casual style that works on things to some degree.

“Cricket is definitely not an incredible game when you’re stressed over the wide range of various stuff which goes on.

That will be the message which I continue to slam home to the young men.

“Everybody has it [fear] to a certain extent, yet at the same it’s most likely somewhat more ‘English’. Perhaps that is the thing with me being from abroad, you can perhaps approach attempting to acquire that worked on strategy.

“Perhaps on the off chance that you’re English, you’re most likely somewhat more associated with the entire thing.”

McCullum’s arrangement to manage the Test group caused a commotion when it was reported, considering the way in which his past training experience has been with T20 sides Trinbago Knight Riders and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League and Indian Premier League separately.


A hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman, he was especially famous in restricted overs cricket during his playing days as well, yet in addition acquired 101 Test covers for New Zealand and underlined how he feels major areas of strength for a group could assist with reviving the longest configuration of the game.

“On the off chance that you view at my profession too, I had the option to play a considerable lot of red-ball cricket too and keeping in mind that I’ve been sufficiently fortunate to make money out of the white-ball game all over the planet and establishment cricket, for me red-ball cricket has forever been the zenith of the game,” McCullum said.

“In the event that you take a gander at where the game likely fits as of now, it’s on a somewhat descending pattern and, for my purposes, the country that can truly change that is England as a result of the custom of Test cricket here and the fan following and backing it gets in this country.

“For us to be cutthroat in Test cricket will ideally go far to moving somewhat the view of red-ball cricket going ahead.”

McCullum takes over with England sitting at No 6 in the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings and lower part of the 2021-23 World Test Championship table following the drubbing in the previous winter’s Ashes series in Australia and the series rout in the West Indies recently.

While he concedes there is a component of chance to his arrangement and that it will require investment to pivot the group’s fortunes however, he is enthused by the ability he finds in English cricket.


“I’m positive about the abilities I have and the gathering we need to get the ball rolling too,” McCullum said.

“It will take me a short time to turn out to be totally changed in accordance with a portion of the techniques and ways here, and it could require some investment for folks to conform to me.

“However, I’m anticipating it, it was a major gamble taken by everybody, except you don’t go anyplace except if you’re ready to take several endangers throughout everyday life.

“You take a gander at the players around English cricket, there is such a lot of ability there. There are a few people who have presumably been separated and a few people who are yet to be found too.

“It’s positively not short on ability and when you add a few elite players who have had unimaginable professions, it turned into an engaging objective.”

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