Former England captain Nasser Hussain has attributed the resurgence of the country’s Test side to the new managing director of cricket Rob Key.
He said that the major decisions taken by him with regards to the appointment of New Zealander Brendon McCullum as head coach and Ben Stokes as captain are the reason behind the team’s run of four successive victories.
England completed a superb seven-wicket win against India in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston, which followed a 3-0 Test series victory against reigning World Test champions New Zealand.
Hussain said he was reminded of Key’s words to the England team to “strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride” when he took over as the MD of men’s cricket.
“What did Rob Key say when he appointed Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum to revive England’s Test cricket? Strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride? Well, Rob, we are doing just that. This record-breaking victory over India, following three equally impressive wins over New Zealand, has been fabulous to watch,” Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail on Wednesday.
“It is incredible now to think there were questions about all three of the big appointments made by England earlier this year, when they decided they had to move on from managing director Ashley Giles, Joe Root as captain, and Chris Silverwood as a coach.”