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Brendon McCullum, former New Zealand captain, has emerged as a front runner to become England men’s new Test head coach

Last Updated: 11/05/22 8:34am

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum looks on during day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and India

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum looks on during day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and India

Brendon McCullum has emerged as a strong candidate to become England men’s new Test head coach.

The 40-year-old is said to have held talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and is believed to be interested in the job.

The news follows two days of interviews for the red and white ball coaching roles.

McCullum, who played 101 Test matches for New Zealand, is currently in charge of Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders.

The ECB interviewed for two positions last week after deciding to split the red-ball and white-ball roles following the departure of Chris Silverwood. Former South Africa and India head coach Gary Kirsten also remains in the frame, with the ECB set to appoint before the end of the week.

Ex-Australia batter Simon Katich and former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood were also part of the process and in contention for the white ball job.

If the ECB were to favour McCullum for the Test job, it would be a surprise appointment as the former NZ captain – now coach at KKR in IPL – is better known as a white ball specialist.

England are scheduled to play New Zealand in a three-match Test series commencing on June 2 at Lord’s.

More to follow….