New Zealand pacer Trent Boult has hailed the newly appointed England Test Head Coach and his former captain Brendon McCullum for changing England’s approach in red-ball cricket.
Before the New Zealand series, England were performing poorly in Test cricket. They had won a single match out of 13 Tests.
Following a poor display of cricket, the team underwent major changes. Ben Stokes replaced Joe Root as the captain, and the former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was appointed England’s head coach.
In his first assignment against his own country, McCullum visibly changed England’s approach in the red-ball cricket, which was noticeable in the chase during the second Test.
The 32-year-old said that England is playing the Brendon McCullum’s way. England won the 3-match series by clinching the first two matches. The final Test is set to start on 23rd June.
“They are playing like I thought he (McCullum) told them to. It’s a new change for English cricket. What a start. Both games so far have been thrillers. Hopefully, we see many more games like that for Test cricket and get many more eyes watching.”
The McCullum effect was conveniently visible during the 2nd Test’s last day. England required 299 to win in 72 overs. By tea, they were four down for 139 runs, requiring 160 runs in the last session. Post tea, they smashed the required 160 runs in just 16 overs, clinching the series in a thriller fashion.
While appreciating England’s approach, Boult also mentioned that the Kiwi’s dressing room is also full of pride after some good individual performances. He took an 8-wicket haul in the 2nd Test.
“I suppose it’s hard being 0-2 down in the series. But there’s a lot of pride in that changing room from some of the performances we’ve put on over the last few years. If we’re fair, we probably haven’t been at the standards we want to be as a group. It’s nice to have one game to go out and play like we know we can.”