Trevor Bayliss appointed as England's new head coach
The England Cricket Board has confirmed the appointment of Trevor Bayliss as their new head coach. He will take over next month ahead of the all important Ashes series. Bayliss previously coached Sri Lanka and even led them to the World Cup final in 2011 and also has had stints with IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, BBL side Sydney Sixers and with the Australian national team for a T20 series against South Africa.
This appointment will also mean that he will once again work with Paul Farbrace with whom he worked for the Lankan national side.
"It's an honour to be appointed England coach," Bayliss said. "There's a great opportunity to help Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan shape the direction and development of their respective teams. I am also looking forward to working alongside Paul Farbrace once again as we have a similar outlook on the game, get on well after two years working together and have kept in touch.
"What particularly excites me about the role is the chance to work with a very talented group of players. I firmly believe that the team has a bright future and I'll be doing everything I can to help them realise their potential and achieve success on a consistent basis."
The new ECB director of Cricket Andrew Strauss was very happy with this appointment as he acknowledged Trevor’s success in the shorter formats in recent years.
"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”, Strauss said.
"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.