Brendon McCullum revels in ‘relaxed’ approach as England look back on ‘resounding’ summer success


England Test coach Brendon McCullum believes his main job is to remind his players that “this job is supposed to be the best time of our lives”.

McCullum recorded six out of seven wins in his first summer in charge, but played down his role, saying “I don’t really do much, to be honest.”

“Just let the guys do what they were born to do – play cricket the style and way they want, and try to get the group together and make sure they have fun,” he said. declared.

“Sometimes when you play this game…you start as a kid and it’s so much fun, and you find yourself immersed in the bright lights and the big cities and the expectations are thrown at you, the fun can get out of the game and it can start to lead to negativity seeping in.

“My job is to make sure that we always remember that this job is meant to be the greatest moment of our lives, to be a cricketer at the highest level and to try to create memories that you look back on in time. It It’s the results, but it’s also the fun and the camaraderie you create. Hopefully we’ve been able to achieve that.”

Asked about his own behavior, McCullum joked, “I think I’m pretty relaxed, except when I’m on the golf course, when my personality is completely opposite.

“I’m pretty relaxed. I also had the benefit of a career in cricket, with its ups and downs, and had a young family early on, and you get used to a bit of chaos sometimes. You find a way to deal with it. I like to keep things pretty relaxed, and the guys seem to enjoy that laid back nature as well. It seems to work for now, but we’ll see.

McCullum described the English summer as “a resounding success”, citing Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes as success stories. He explained England’s stalwart selection process which saw them stick with openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley despite both averages in the 20s – but added there were options available for the England if they moved on.

“It’s tough, really tough cricket wickets,” he said. “The last two guys who nailed him to the top of the order [Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook] are both called Sir in this country, so it’s not an easy thing to do. We have to give these guys the time and the opportunity to develop.

“You spend your whole days as a manager, coach or captain trying to get back into shape, you make it very difficult for. You have to give them an extended period of time and allow that talent to come out.

“Another thing I will say though is that there are some really good players, and we’ve seen that with some of the guys that have come in. There are definitely areas we can improve on, but in the ‘together, we must give it a resounding success.

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