Coach Brendon McCullum believes the England captaincy has come at the right time for all-rounder Ben Stokes, admitting that he initially feared the two were too similar to succeed together.
The 40-year old McCullum was appointed as coach of the England Test side in the second week of May. By then, Stokes was named as England captain after Joe Root had stepped down at the start of the summer after five years in the post.
Before appointing Stokes, there was a fear of burdening the talismanic all-rounder with more responsibility, especially after he had come back from a mental health break less than a year before.
“I think where Stokesy’s at in his career, and his aspirations as a leader and where he sees his team needs to go, it aligns beautifully to his personality and also to mine,” McCullum told SENZ Radio.