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New England Test coach could be appointed by end of the week

Brendon McCullum could be appointed England’s new Test coach by the end of the week, according to a report from BBC Sport.

Managing director of England Men’s cricket Rob Key has split the head coach role into separate Test and white-ball positions as he searches for a replacement for Chris Silverwood and it appears a decision has been made over the former.

A report from BBC Sport has claimed that the ex-New Zealand captain has agreed to become the new Test coach and that an appointment could be made by the end of the week.

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Gary Kirsten, the former South African batter with experience coaching India and the Proteas, was previously thought to be the frontrunner but McCullum is said to have impressed in interviews and is now set to take charge.

The 40-year-old is currently the coach of IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders but may leave that position before the end of the tournament as the home international summer gets underway in less than a month.

Led by new captain Ben Stokes, England play the first of three Tests against New Zealand at Lord’s at the start of June (02/06 – 06/06) – a squad for which is expected to be named next week.

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McCullum does not have experience coaching the red-ball game but played more than 100 Tests for the Kiwis and was known for his front foot style, which may make him a good fit with our new skipper.

It is understood that the appointment of a new white-ball coach may take a little longer, with England’s first limited-overs match not until the tour of the Netherlands in mid-June.