Adam Gilchrist, former Australia wicketkeeper-batter, is optimistic that England can improve their Test record over the past couple of years. The three-match series against New Zealand begins at Lord’s on Thursday.
Legendary cricketer, Ben Stokes, said that the new England captain and coach Brendon Mccullum’s partnership could “be poetry in motion” or “could cause a train wreck” depending on how they handle their leadership.
England’s Test cricket has been in a downwardss spiral. Joe Root was the former skipper, and only one of their 17 previous Tests had been won. The worst disappointments came in the Ashes series Down Under as well as the three-Test Caribbean tour.
England cricket witnessed dramatic changes following the twin debacles. Chris Silverwood and Root were removed as head coaches and captains respectively after the Ashes Series and the Caribbean series. McCullum was appointed head coach and Stokes was named Test captain.
Gilchrist told SEN’s Whateley that “it could be poetry, or it might be a train crash for England, given their approach to the two leaders.”
“The Test cricket landscape has England firing and being competitive. They just weren’t that.” “They’ve experienced turmoil on and off of the field,” Gilchrist stated.
Gilchrist believes that the loss could encourage the home team’s determination to beat the World Test champions. They defeated them in the two Test series last year. Gilchrist said that he was pleased to see that Stuart Broad, England’s pace stalwart, was excited for the Tests.
Gilchrist stated that it was exciting to read the comments Stuart Broad made about the energy he felt. It will be fascinating to watch him, at his age, and at this stage in his career, feel re-energized and renewed. It’s going to be fascinating to watch.