Stuart Broad says England manager Brendon McCullum inspired the dramatic second Test victory over New Zealand by telling his side to “run into danger”. McCullum revitalized England in union with new captain Ben Stokes and the improvement generated by the positive attitude of the new regime was remarkable. England had failed to win any of their previous five Test series, winning just one game in 17 ahead of the current New Zealand contest. But after beating the World Test champions by five wickets for a second game in a row, England travel to Headingley next week in a bid to wipe the slate clean.
Just a year ago England, under then manager Chris Silverwood, settled for a draw after failing to go for 273 in 75 overs against New -Zealand.
But, driven by Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant 136 and McCullum’s moving words, England secured victory in Nottingham as they chased 299 from just 50 overs.
“There’s no doubt that Baz has already made an impact. It’s really fresh and exciting in the locker room. It’s very positive language,” Broad said.
“It’s very forward-thinking, all about how to take this game forward. It’s not a dig but at tea, when there were four of us with the game slightly balanced, I’ve definitely been in locker rooms in the past where this would be closed shop time.
“Baz’s team talk was basically ‘let’s attack the danger; let’s run into danger”, so every part of your mind is set on this victory.
“It was never really a case of ‘if we lose one, we might close up shop’. It was always ‘we’re going to win’ and if that doesn’t work out, don’t worry.”
McCullum is committed to eliminating the noise around England and Broad has been impressed with his ability to combine his sense of the game with a streamlined mission statement.
“I don’t think he spoke particularly deeply, his whole mantra is about fun and fun. The energy is: how good is the test cricket? How good is this ground what can we take away from today?” said the veteran fast bowler.
“He looks like a guy who has a cricketing brain working all the time, he’s thinking about how we can change the game.
“It’s not just about praising guys who get a hundred, it’s tiny little things, bits of the pitch, momentum changes in the game. He’ll bring attention to that.”
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