England Declare Trevor Bayliss As New Head Coach
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday have announced the appointment of Trevor Bayliss as the new head coach of England team.
The 52-year-old Bayliss who also becomes the first Australian to coach England will succeed Peter Moores who was sacked earlier in the month.
Bayliss will join the England team ahead of their Ashes home series against Australia which starts in July.
Confirming the appointment of Bayliss, ECB's Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss was lavish in his praise for the Australian.
“Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game.
“He has proved himself in both domestic and international cricket, has a strong reputation for man-management and has shown how to build winning teams in all three formats.”
Performing consistently in ICC events has been a major hurdle for England and Strauss hopes Bayliss will be the right man to break the shackles especially in the shorter formats.
"His expertise in the shorter forms of the game will be vital as we build towards three major ICC events over the next four years; the ICC World T20 tournament in India in 2016 and the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup which will be staged in England and Wales in 2017 and 2019 respectively.”
Strauss also lauded the role of Paul Farbrace who acted as an interim coach during the first Test against New Zealand leading them to a victory.
"Trevor will also work well with Paul Farbrace, an exceptional coach who will continue as Assistant Coach after helping us to an outstanding victory over New Zealand in the 1st Investec Test of the summer.
“This has been a very competitive recruitment process and we're grateful to all of the candidates who showed their interest in this role. I'm excited to have him on board."
Bayliss who represented New South Wales in 58 First-Class games expressed delight in taking up the new role as head coach of England.
"It's an honour to be appointed England coach," said Bayliss.
"I firmly believe that the team has a bright future."
Describing England players as a talented bunch, Bayliss seemed up for the challenges the role might pose.
"What particularly excites me about the role is the chance to work with a very talented group of players.
"I'll be doing everything I can to help them realise their potential and achieve success on a consistent basis."
Apart from being the coach of Sydney Sixers in Big Bash League, Bayliss, has coached Sri Lanka from 2007-2011, took temporary charge of Australia for their Twenty20 series in South Africa in 2014 and has coached Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
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