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Bayliss appointment a conservative move by England Cricket Board

The England Cricket Board (ECB) have finally announced the appointment of a new head coach, with Australian Trevor Bayliss being picked ahead of the likes of compatriot Jason Gillespie for the position.

Bayliss, 52, will take up the job in June, just after the current Test series with New Zealand (the hosts are 6/5 with Coral to win at Headingley) and in preparation for the summer Ashes (7/2 to claim the series) with his home nation.

On his appointment, Bayliss said: “It’s an honour to be appointed England coach. There’s a great opportunity to help [Test captain] Alastair Cook and [ODI skipper] 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 [with Sri Lanka], and have kept in touch.

“What particularly excites me about the role is the chance to work with a very talented group of players,” Bayliss, who will leave his role with New South Wales, added.

“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.”

It is somewhat of a surprise choice by the ECB, with Bayliss previously being a long outsider with Coral for the position. The appointment becomes new England director Andrew Strauss’ second big decision in a matter of a couple of weeks, after all-but ending Kevin Pietersen’s desire to return from international exile.

What is all the more surprising, though, is that talks with Yorkshire boss Gillespie, who was the previous standout favourite for the role, failed.

Cricket - Andrew Strauss and Tom Harrison Press Conference - Lord's Cricket Ground

Perhaps Strauss and co wouldn’t allow the former Australia bowler to give a recall to Pietersen and pick a man who they can control. However, it remains to be seen the reasoning behind the decision.

“Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game,” former England captain Strauss said.

“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.

“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.

“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 first 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.”

One plus to the appointment is that Bayliss’ previous working relationship with Paul Farbrace, who will continue to be assistant coach after his spell as interim boss for the New Zealand two-Test series, could be crucial.

Cricket - Investec Test Series - First Test - England v New Zealand - England Practice Session - Lord's

The duo spent two years in charge of Sri Lanka together, and led them to the 2011 World Cup final, although it was Englishman Farbrace that gained success with the Asian nation in 2014 by claiming the 2014 T20 World Cup.

Farbrace gave us some insight on Bayliss, by saying: “He’s an old-fashioned cricket coach. He likes working in the nets and getting stuck in. He’s very popular with the lads. He’s a quiet guy. He doesn’t say a lot but when he does, it counts.”

While Bayliss has never won anything at international level, he has been successful with clubs. He led Sydney Sixers to the Big Bash and Champions League titles in 2012, before triumphing with IPL outfit Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014.