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Brendon McCullum has “no negative bones in his body” but whether he succeeds in his new job as head coach of the England Test team may depend on whether he will return to the raids after managing the T20 franchise. -Ball in cricket how good is coaching. Dinesh Karthik feels.

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Karthik worked closely with McCullum during his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL – McCullum and Karthik were the franchise’s coach and captain respectively in the 2019 season.

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The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman is hopeful that McCullum will bring a positive attitude to the England Test team.

“One thing I can tell you in the time I’ve spent with him is that he doesn’t have any negative bones,” Karthik said on 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 figure out what a positive way of doing things for England cricket.”

McCullum is still an inexperienced coach in the international circuit, and Karthik believes he will have to adapt to the role.

He said, ‘I think there will be some things that will definitely be new for Brendon McCullum.

“There is no doubt about it. Even though he has done his coaching job for Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders, I think red-ball cricket is a completely different kettle of fish.”

The England men’s team has been going through tough times – 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 it because he sees it as a big challenge.”

“A team that obviously hasn’t done really well in the last two years. A bit in the dumps but to try and revive and take them to the pinnacle of Test cricket, which is what they are aiming to do. ,

During his tenure as New Zealand’s captain, McCullum was widely credited with improving the team’s culture. This improved the results, resulting in some famous victories.

When asked what culture McCullum would adopt in the team, Karthik believed that the atmosphere around the team would be ‘relaxed’.

“It will be a very relaxed dressing room. I have noticed that he is someone who is very focused on playing a lot of games on and off the field and at the same time having a lot of fun.

“He puts a lot of emphasis on it like a small kid who loves to play every possible sport and gets very physical at the same time. He is a very strong man, no doubt about it. Sometimes too strong for today’s cricketers. It will be a very comfortable dressing room, a very chill dressing room.

“It will be very interesting how the youngsters are able to draw energy from this and make sure they are doing everything right to take English cricket forward.”

McCullum has a task on his hands, notably several white-ball tournaments, including the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year and the World Cup next year.

In such a situation, managing the workload of players playing both the formats can create a difficult situation for McCullum.

Asked about what would be McCullum’s first priority as head coach, Karthik said, “I think it is to be ascertained how much priority it is for the ECB to play red-ball cricket.

“Since there are so many white-ball tournaments coming up, where is Test cricket placed right now in terms of availability of players to take the team forward.

“The English cricket team has some players who overlap between white-ball 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 certain period of time so that you can focus on a big tournament or Test series that is coming up.

So the priority is which players and how many good players he is going to get to play Test cricket, that is something he has to understand with the administrators.

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