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Glenn McGrath pokes fun over the appointment of Bayliss

By Duncan Bech

Glenn McGrath has mocked England's decision to turn to an Australian for the first time in appointing Trevor Bayliss as their new coach for the upcoming Ashes series.

Bayliss' first assignment will be against his home country - the five-Test showdown opens in Cardiff on Wednesday week - and bowling great McGrath has seized the chance to take a swipe at his old rivals.

"Can it get any worse? I guess it's a negative thing for English coaches that there weren't too many thrown up at the top of the list," said McGrath.

"When you see Australian coaches around the world coaching other teams it shows how great a job we have done.

"There's no negative reaction back home. I think everyone is happy for Trevor. They wish him a lot of success, but not too much against the Aussies."

McGrath, who took 563 Test wickets during an outstanding international career spanning 14 years, gave his customary prediction of a 5-0 whitewash of England when asked for his thoughts on the outcome of the series.

"I think everyone expects me to say 5-0 and I've dug a hole for myself over the years. If I say anything else they'll think I'm not confident," he said.

"So I'll go for something slightly different this year. Considering Australia won 5-0 last time in Australia, I'm just continuing that so my prediction is Australia will win 10-0.

"To play England at home is always a lot tougher than playing them away, there is no doubt about that

"Back when we come over here when we were playing pretty well there was never a 5-0 series win.

"This could always be the first. Australia have been playing some good cricket of late.

"I thought England were struggling when they came back from the World Cup, but seeing the results against New Zealand maybe they have turned a corner. It should be a good interesting series."

McGrath played down the role sledging will have in the series, but wants both teams to adopt a hard, competitive edge.

"I just think there is so much made of that it is a bit too much sometimes," he said.

"When you replay an incident from 27 angles it looks worse than it is, but I don't want to see a bunch of robots. Just play it hard and tough."

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