Brendon McCullum: Can new coach change English cricket once more?

Ben Stokes & Brendon McCullum


New captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum will lead England in the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday
Venue: Lord’s Dates: 2-6 June
Coverage: Daily highlights on BBC Two and iPlayer. Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary and clips on the BBC Sport website and app.

Brendon McCullum has changed English cricket once. Now he’s being paid to do it again.

Previously, it was inadvertent. His batting, captaincy and the New Zealand team he led to the final of the 2015 World Cup formed the inspiration for England’s turnaround from one-day no-hopers to world champions in the space of four years.

This time, McCullum’s influence will come from inside the dressing room – his task to revive a Test side that have been battered and bruised to the tune of one win in 17 matches.

At a stroke, his appointment made England trendy again. Not only through the excitement of what a…