New Test coach Brendon McCullum says that ‘his’ England will choose his best team at every opportunity, rather than resting and changing players.
England spent much of last year rotating the test team, partly in response to Covid-19 demands.
“I will probably get in trouble, but I always like to choose the best team,” McCullum told BBC Sport.
“My job will be to plan as if you were to live forever, but to live as if you were to die tomorrow.”
The 40-year-old spoke to the media for the first time since his appointment as test coach earlier this month.
His first test in the lead against his native New Zealand begins on Thursday at Lord’s.
Seasoned pitchers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were recalled to the English team after being dropped from a March defeat in the West Indies.
At the ages of 39 and 35, with 321 caps and 1,117 goals, Anderson and Broad played together in only 10 of the last 26 English tests.
However, McCullum would play in the same eleven without hesitation.
“Why not? They can work together,” he said. “They have had a successful career together.
“There may have been times when the combination may not have been as good as everyone had hoped, but there are circumstances – there may not have been enough runs or the conditions were favorable. I’m definitely not against their choice.” together.”
England have won only one of the last 17 tests. The series against New Zealand marks the beginning of a new era, with McCullum working alongside newly installed test captain Ben Stokes.
The former captain of New Zealand was known for his aggressive bat and innovative captains. He sees similarities between himself and Stokes.
“He will be an amazing leader,” said McCullum, who has played 101 tests for his country. “He plays the game the way I like it and puts the lamps on the seats.
“He could fly. He can take over as captain and go back to a whole new level. We’ll only play what we see and feel at that moment – and I’m sure the relationship between Stokesy and me is really thriving.”
As England has not won in the last five test series, McCullum says he is aware of the “big work” he faces.
However, he said he would not try to reverse the fate of England by expecting every player to copy his attacking style.
“As a coach, I am very different from what I was as a player,” said McCullum, whose previous coaching experience is in the T20 leagues in India and the Caribbean.
“I like to let the boys get where they need to be to realize their potential rather than play what I played. I would never want anyone to do it – it sometimes comes with a huge amount of disappointment. It’s not for everyone . ” , that style.
“Your job as a coach is to understand everyone’s game, to understand them as people, to get to know them and to understand their aspirations. You’re trying to put it together for one common goal.”
And McCullum, who led New Zealand to the World Cup final after 50 in 2015, expects some “heavy emotions” when he opposes world champions in the test next week.
“Of course I have knowledge of boys from New Zealand. We’ve been on a lot of great trips together,” he added.
“I have a job here. If we expect New Zealand to play well, then we have to play a little better.”