McCullum has no negative bones in his body, adaptability will be key: Karthik | Cricket News

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DUBAI: Brendon McCullum has ‘no negative bones in his body’ but whether he does well in his new role as England Test team head coach to some extent could depend of his ability to adapt to red ball cricket training after leading T20 franchises, Dinesh Karthik believes.
Karthik teamed up with McCullum during their time together in the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders – McCullum and Karthik were coach and franchise captain, respectively, in the 2019 season.
The Indian wicket-striker expects McCullum to bring a positive attitude to the England Test squad.
“The one thing I can tell you in the tremendous amount of time I’ve spent with him is that there are no negative bones in his body,” Karthik said during the interview. ICC review.
“He’s someone who wants to do everything in a positive way.”
“So it’s going to be very interesting when Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum meet and find out what the positive way for English cricket to do things is.”
McCullum is still an inexperienced coach on the international circuit, and Karthik thinks he will have to adapt to this role.
“I think there will be some things that will definitely be new for Brendon McCullum,” he said.
“There’s no doubt about it. Even though he’s done his coaching job for Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders, I think red ball cricket is a pair of fish. completely different.”
The England men’s side have been through a tough time – they lost the Ashes 4-0 in Australia and then also suffered a series defeat in the West Indies, prompting Joe Root to step down as captain.
“I think McCullum wants to take on this challenge because he sees this as a major challenge.”
“A team that obviously haven’t done very well in the last couple of years. A bit in the dumps, but to try to resurrect and try to take them to the top of Test cricket, that’s what they aim to do.”
During his time as New Zealand captain, McCullum was widely credited with improving the team’s culture. This led to improved results, culminating in some famous wins.
Asked about the culture McCullum would instill in the team, Karthik felt the atmosphere around the team would be “relaxed”.
“It will be a very relaxed dressing room. I have seen that he is someone who focuses a lot on playing many sports off the pitch and also having fun off the pitch.
“He puts a lot of emphasis on it like a young kid who likes to play all possible sports and also gets very physical. He’s a very strong man, there’s no doubt about it. Sometimes even too strong for today’s cricketers. It will be a very relaxed dressing room, a very chill dressing room.
“It will be very interesting to see how the youngsters can draw energy from this and make sure they do all the right things to take English cricket forward.”
McCullum has a job to do, especially with plenty of white ball tournaments to come, including the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year and the World Cup next year.
In such a case, managing the workload of players playing both formats could pose a tricky situation for McCullum.
Asked what would be McCullum’s first priority as head coach, Karthik said: “I think to find out how high a priority it is for ECB to play red ball cricket.
“Because there are so many white ball tournaments coming up, where is Test cricket currently in terms of player availability so that it can move the team forward.
“The English cricket team has a few players who overlap between white ball cricket and red ball cricket and it can be difficult to play both formats throughout the summer. So sometimes you have to give up a format for a while so that you can focus on a major tournament or a test series that is going to unfold.
“So the priority on which player and how many good players is he going to play in Test cricket is something he has to work out with the administrators.”



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