The role of coach in international cricket is one of the most important facets of the team management. The head coach is often credited or blamed for the performances of the team. However, that was not always the case even a few decades ago as most teams did not have dedicated coaches but only specialised team managers.
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The situation is now a lot different and the coach is now quite important to the success of the team. While they need to oversee a team of assistant and fitness coaches, they also have to simultaneously watch hours of footage with video analysts to come up with certain plans.
In such regard, England is one of those international sides which has always given a lot of importance to the role of head coach. Over the years, they have had coaches capable of wielding enormous power over the team.
In chronological order, let us take a look at the five coaches preceding present coach Trevor Bayliss and how they fared with the England team across formats. All coaches are rated on a scale of ten.
#5 David Lloyd (1996 to 1999) - 7.5
David Lloyd, who is now renowned for his crisp cricket commentary, was once an umpire and then a coach. After his stint with Lancashire, he was appointed as coach of the England team in 1996. Lloyd's stint got off to an excellent start as he oversaw Test series wins against India and South Africa apart from limited overs success against Pakistan, West Indies and India.
It was during Lloyd's stint as a coach that England hired other specialists in the coaching staff that included a fitness expect among others. In 1997, England won the one day series against Australia at home but lost the Ashes 3-2. England proceeded to lose in the return Ashes 3-1 in Australia in 1998/99.
Lloyd's contract was extended after the series defeat in West Indies in 1998. However, in the following year, he stepped down from his role after England failed to get out of their group in the 1999 World Cup at home. Lloyd's coaching stint is known for bringing about modern methods to the England set-up.