England ‘won’t die wondering’ under McCullum, says Southee | Cricket News



LONDON: Tim Southee has predicted an exciting time for England under Brendon McCullum as the former New Zealand captain prepares to face the reigning World Test champions at Lord’s.
Thursday’s opener of a three-game series will be McCullum’s first test as England manager, with the hosts expecting him to revive their red-ball fortunes in the same way that he sparked a New Zealand revival when he captained his native country.
England are currently on a miserable one-in-17 Test winning streak, with McCullum something of a surprise choice to succeed Chris Silverwood given his lack of red ball coaching experience, although he will work alongside a captain with a similar outlook in the newly-named Ben Stokes.
“It’s exciting, obviously a big challenge for Brendon,” pacemaker Southee, who has spent much of his career playing alongside McCullum, said on Tuesday.
Southee, who took 338 wickets in 85 Tests, said he expected McCullum to transfer the qualities that made him a dynamic batsman and successful captain to his England role.
“He’s a great man-manager and he likes trying to get the best out of people. I’m sure he will do that here too.
“The way he played cricket was exciting, fearless, and that’s how he is as a person and I’m sure that’s also how he is as a coach.
“It will be an exciting brand of cricket, I’m sure. They (England) won’t die wondering if I imagine if the way he approaches things is something to do.”
Southee, however, played down the prospect of McCullum passing on too much “inside knowledge” to his new team.
“He knows us pretty well, but I don’t think there are too many secrets these days with the amount of footage and analyst stuff being done as well.”
McCullum’s leadership combined with the way New Zealand played their white-ball cricket inspired a change in England’s approach to white-ball cricket that led to a first men’s World Cup title 50 in 2019 – when they beat New Zealand in a thrilling Super Oval final at Lord’s.
Southee, who was asked why New Zealand cricket was so attractive to England, replied: “I guess in New Zealand we learned to box above our weight for a long time. .
“We are obviously challenged with just being a small country, the lack of players and the lack of resources. The Kiwi way is to step in and make the most of what we have. That’s not going to change. , we’re not going to suddenly have a lot of pool to choose from.
“I think it’s just about making the most of what we have. Sometimes less is more too. And I think it’s in our DNA to try, not just on the cricketing side. , because the Kiwis just have to enjoy it and make the most of what we have.”


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