New Zealand were the inspiration for England to transform their limited-overs cricket after the 2015 men’s World Cup. Now, in an attempt to reinvigorate their Test team, England are trying to borrow from them again.
That can be seen in the appointment as England’s new Test head coach of Brendon McCullum, who captained New Zealand from 2012 to 2016. During those four years, McCullum helped his home country rise from eighth in the world rankings. Under his successor Kane Williamson, they reached number one for the first time in 2021, when they also won the inaugural World Test Championship.
New Zealand have thrived in the limited-overs game as well, reaching the finals of the past two one-day international World Cups and last year’s T20 World Cup.
They have managed it all with a population of just five million – the smallest of any of the 12 Test sides – and with an annual revenue lower than the richest English counties, such…