England’s long hunt for a coach of the national cricket team after Peter Moores is finally over. The ECB after long deliberations chose Australian Trevor Bayliss as the new head coach of England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced . The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach succeeds the sacked Peter Moores, having been preferred to his compatriot Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, who was the initial favourite for the job.
“Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game,” said the ECB’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss in a press release. Currently coach of New South Wales, Bayliss will take charge of England in time for the start of their home Ashes series against Australia in July.
“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 added.
“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 confirmed that Bayliss will work alongside current caretaker coach Paul Farbrace, who steered England to a stirring 124-run win over New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s. Farbrace will remain in charge for the second Test at Headingley, starting on Friday, and the following limited-overs matches. Bayliss worked with Farbrace during his time as coach of Sri Lanka, who he led to the final of the 2011 World Cup.
He has also guided New South Wales to two Sheffield Shield titles in Australia, won two Indian Premier League (IPL) titles with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and won the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) and Champions League (CLT20) with Sydney Sixers.