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McCullum: Patriotic cricket fans will forgive him for coaching Uk

McCullum: Patriotic cricket fans will forgive him for coaching Uk

McCullum: Patriotic cricket fans will forgive him for coaching Uk

McCullum: Patriotic cricket fans will forgive him for coaching Uk

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  • McCullum, who was born in Dunedin at the southern tip of New Zealand.
  • His tour as England coach will begin with two Tests against Black Caps.
  • In his first home series since taking over for Kane Williamson as captain.
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Brendon McCullum, a former captain of the Black Caps, believes that as long as the match between England and New Zealand is enjoyable, patriotic cricket fans would overlook his decision to serve as England’s coach.

“I guess so,” he told reporters in Hamilton Thursday when asked if it seemed odd to wear England’s cricket kit in his own New Zealand, “but it’s good to be here”.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge that New Zealand will present to us.”

In 101 Test matches for New Zealand, the 41-year-old retired from Test cricket in 2016, having amassed approximately 6,500 runs, including 12 centuries.

McCullum, who was born in Dunedin at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, has had a fantastic run since taking over as England coach in May.

He played a key role in Pakistan winning all three of its Test matches and in the home series victory against South Africa.

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A notable Test victory over India at Edgbaston in July of last year, as well as a 3-0 series victory over New Zealand on English soil in June, were also achieved by England.

“It’s been a good start, for sure. “The results have been fantastic,” McCullum remarked.

His maiden tour as England coach will begin with two Tests against the Black Caps in Mount Maunganui next Thursday, followed by a second in Wellington the following week.

McCullum, who was once one of the game’s most entertaining players, does not anticipate a nasty reception from Kiwi fans.

“I believe everything will be fine. People are obviously patriotic.

“Even if sometimes your own team doesn’t win, you still walk away knowing you have had a heck of a day out.

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“Maybe, that will be the case for the duration of this series.”

In his first home series since taking over for Kane Williamson as captain, Tim Southee will lead New Zealand against England.

Williamson will face England captain Ben Stokes in a high-octane match between two of the world’s top batsmen.

McCullum described Stokes as “the sort of man who develops his own screenplays and achieves some fairly amazing things”.

The Black Caps drew two Tests against Pakistan in January, but only won one of six limited-overs games against India this year.

McCullum heaped respect on Southee, with whom he played for the Black Caps.

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“We know New Zealand will be extremely good in these conditions; Tim will be innovative, as he usually is, and I’m excited to see how we respond to that.”

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