After England swept Pakistan in the Test series 3-0, head coach Brendon McCullum described it as “frightening” to consider how successful Ben Stokes could be as captain of the team in the future.
The former New Zealand batter, who is credited with bringing about a dramatic change in England’s strategy to playing Test cricket, stated that the team has played very well in order to win the series in Pakistan. He was the one who was credited with bringing about the transformation.
McCullum said to Sky Sports, “Ben has had a transformative influence in the past year, and his effort on and off the field is tremendous.”
He continued by saying, “There’s a maverick in it, and there’s genius in a lot of it.”
“He simply seems to have an insatiable drive to keep pushing the game forward, which is quite commendable.
But for me, the most striking thing about him is the man management, the consistency of messaging, and the pure passion and drive that he has to make a huge difference in Test cricket and English cricket. These are the things that I consider to be the most impressive.
“Therefore, I consider myself really fortunate to have been given this position at a time when Stokesy was in charge. I believe that he is just going to get better, better, and better, which is a little bit terrifying.
“Because if he continues to progress and drive this squad ahead, then, with the potential that resides within the locker room, they will give it a good shake regardless,”
McCullum, who downplayed his role in England’s turnaround, hailed Stokes’ performance in the series and lauded the captain’s ability to coax the best performance out of every member of the squad. He added that he was “a small part” of England’s success.
“I believe that this team is developing into something that will very much be in the image of the captain. McCullum remarked that it was like his mantra.
“He wants to accomplish something major and leave a legacy and impact on Test cricket and he is getting there,” he added. “He is doing something significant and leaving a legacy and impact on Test cricket.”
McCullum cracked a joke by saying, “To tell you the truth, I don’t do anything.”
“All I do is make sure that the boys stay true to their own values and that they all have the same goal in mind, which is to be the best version of themselves.”
“If I’m being completely sincere, it’s a fairly simple job… Please do not notify my superiors. But I’m having a great time, and to tell you the truth, I don’t think I could have asked for a greater opportunity than this one.
During the press conference that took place after the final match of the series on Tuesday, Stokes expressed his contentment with the result.
When we return home for the holidays and ring in the new year, it will all become clear to us. One can look back on this victory with a sense of pride, as it resulted in a score of three zeroes.
The captain of the Pakistani test team, Babar Azam, asserted that the team was in the process of rebuilding.
We will reflect on this series in order to ensure that we do not make the same mistakes in future endeavours. Babar stated at the National Stadium that there were certain advantages for us to take away from this series, and that we need to learn from them.
The captain of Pakistan made the point that playing in a test match requires individuals with previous cricketing expertise.
In addition to this, he emphasised that there had been no exclusion of any player from the tests.
“In the first two Tests, we were in a position to win, but we didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. That has been our problem; we can’t finish off matches from positions of strength,”