27 May 2015

Australian to coach England

7:27 pm on 27 May 2015

The New South Welshman Trevor Bayliss has been appointed coach of the England cricket team becoming the first Australian to fill the role.

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The 52-year-old New South Wales coach succeeds Peter Moores, whose second spell ended in sacking in early May.

Bayliss led Sri Lanka from 2007-2011, took temporary charge of Australia for their Twenty20 series in South Africa in 2014 and has coached the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

Moores was sacked earlier this month following England's dismal performance at this year's World Cup and a 1-all draw in a test series in West Indies.

Paul Farbrace, who led England to victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's, will stay on as Bayliss's assistant coach, and remain in temporary charge for the second Test against the Black Caps which starts at Headingley on Friday.

Bayliss's first major task will be to guide England during the five-match Ashes series against his native Australia.

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie had been expected to be appointed to the role after talks with Strauss last week but Bayliss was chosen for his proven track record as a coach.

He led Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final and has twice won the Sheffield Shield with New South Wales.

Bayliss has also enjoyed success in the Twenty20 format, winning the Australian Big Bash and Champions League with Sydney Sixers in 2012 and the Indian Premier League title with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014.

The ECB's director of cricket Andrew Strauss says 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."

Bayliss faces the huge task of instilling some stability into England as they try to regain the Ashes on home soil this year after being whitewashed 5-0 in the last series.

That result let to a period of turbulence for the team as off field matters drew as many headlines as England's miserable form on the pitch.

During the past 18 months, controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen was sacked after the England management accused of him of being a divisive presence in the dressing room during the doomed 2013-14 Ashes series.

ECB managing director Paul Downton departed in April as he paid the price for England's failure to progress during the group stages of the World Cup.

Moores was also axed for failing to guide England to a series win in the Caribbean against what many considered to be a weak West Indies team.

The Ashes begins on July 8th.