Brendon McCullum surprised by talent in England team
When Brendon McCullum took over as head coach, he claimed he was surprised by the level of quality in the England Test team and that he felt “privileged” to have the position.
England has won six of their seven Test matches this summer since McCullum took coach after Chris Silverwood left, including a 3-0 series victory over New Zealand.
“I thought English cricket had a lot of talent but it’s got a lot more than I thought,” McCullum told the BBC after England defeated South Africa by nine wickets on Monday to secure a 2-1 series win.
“I knew these guys were good but they are a lot better than I thought.
“It a very privileged position to be in to go and help these guys perform. It has been an absolute thrill.
“There are still big challenges in the next couple of years but for now it has been a pretty successful summer.”
Ben Stokes, the captain of England, expressed excitement for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia, especially after their recent 4-0 loss in Australia.
“When you know you’ve got an Ashes coming up very soon, it’s hard not to look at it, especially with how the last Ashes trip went,” said Stokes.
“… I’m excited by the Ashes next summer, especially with the way in which we’re playing.”