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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum revealed that he couldn’t have been happier for his England counterpart Alastair Cook after they regained the Ashes from Australia.
McCullum recalled how England were berated following their 5-0 whitewash at the hands of the Baggy Greens during the last Ashes series in 2013-14. Since then, McCullum revealed that he has been in close contact with Cook and has been an avid supporter of the England captain as he refused to give up even when the last glimmer of hope seemed to have been extinguished.
During New Zealand’s tour of England in May, McCullum and Cook spent a lot of time with each other and the Black Caps skipper admitted that he was thrilled when Cook was leading the celebrations after his side took the Ashes away from Australia with an innings and 78-run win in the fourth Test in Nottingham.
“Last year, when Alastair Cook was being taken to some dark places by the game of cricket, I dropped him a quick text message – just as a show of support, from one captain to another,” McCullum wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. “No one who has played the game can honestly claim they haven’t been in those places themselves.
“I’ve always admired Cook’s toughness and I get on well with him. But not all captains around the world are bosom buddies.
“I wanted to pass on a simple message: tough times don’t last, but tough blokes do. He responded to my message and we’ve exchanged a few since.
“We also bonded earlier in the summer when both our sides were trying to play an exciting brand of cricket during our drawn Test series.
“So to see him emerge from those low times and captain England to an excellent Ashes victory is a real thrill. I’m delighted for him.”