England men's coach Brendon McCullum has revealed his ambitions to reignite Test cricket and gain more international traction.
The 40-year-old was formerly known for his attacking strategies in the field and with the bat as Blackcaps captain, but has now turned his attention to doing the same at the helm of England’s Test side.
With two matches now under his belt, McCullum is relishing his opportunity, along with new captain Ben Stokes, to create a more “attractive brand of Test cricket.”
“I know it sounds pretty lofty to say that that’s what your ambitions are at the outset, but I don’t see a problem with that. I think Test cricket needs it,” McCullum told SENZ.
“I think, the game’s been around for 100 years and it’s been amazing, but society’s different now. Society … it wants things (to be) more instant, it wants things quicker and Test cricket maybe isn’t as significant in some countries as it once was.
“So, for us, it’s a matter of trying to ensure that Test cricket’s still sexy and people want to watch it.
“For that to happen, I genuinely believe England, with the history of the game here and also the support base that it has throughout this country as well and where it also sits at the table of big players in international cricket, if England is strong, then Test cricket has got a real chance of thriving and being successful.
“That’s what’s in front of us and to do that, you’ve got to play an attractive brand of Test cricket.
“You’ve got to be prepared to lose sometimes to try and play that style and win Test matches, and to win not just fans which are already there but to also encourage new fans to come and watch us play Test cricket.”
McCullum is yet to taste defeat in his coaching career with England after wins at Lord’s and Trent Bridge secured the series for his side against the Blackcaps.
The third and final Test of the series will begin on Thursday evening NZT, where McCullum will aim to lead his men to a series sweep at Leeds.