London [UK]May 29 (ANI): New English Tests head coach Brendon McCullum has hinted at a possible return of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to the English Tests side.
Buttler was left out after England’s painful 4-0 loss in the Ashes series in Australia when he was one of the world’s best clean-ball creators.
McCullum, who watched Buttler’s brilliant 2022 IPL up close and thinks the player can also work on his stick in red ball cricket. He thinks players who have been successful at T20 cricket can definitely bring that talent to their red ball game.
“Jos is one of those players that you instantly look at and think how could he be so dominant in some form of play and not quite have found his feet, aside from a few fleeting performances, in Test cricket?” ESPNCricinfo quoted McCullum as telling Sky Sports.
“There are certain guys that you look at and think there’s a lot of talent that could improve the team if given the right opportunity. There’s no reason why, if you’re good at T20, you can’t not bring those skills to the test of cricket and you look at some of the lads who have dominated the IPL over the past two months,” he added.
McCullum also spoke about reviving the Test careers of spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, even though the former is officially dropped from the Test format.
“Obviously you have people like Livingstone, Mooen, Rashid. All of these guys have played international cricket before, been successful in the other forms of the game and you would think they would be able to make the transition,” said McCullum. .
The former Kiwi wicket-striker was appointed as the new England men’s Test team manager earlier this month. This is his very first international coaching assignment. He resigned as head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders head coach after his appointment. (ANI)