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New coach Trevor Bayliss fired up for shot at fellow Aussies

By David Clough

Published 27/05/2015

Top man: Trevor Bayliss will take charge for Ashes Series
Top man: Trevor Bayliss will take charge for Ashes Series

England's new Australian coach Trevor Bayliss is still getting his head round the prospect of taking on his native country again - but admits it was an opportunity he simply could not refuse.

Bayliss, set to arrive in England next month in time for the start of the Ashes in July, will renew a successful partnership with assistant coach and current caretaker Paul Farbrace after their time together in charge of Sri Lanka.

England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss praised the 52-year-old's "outstanding record as a coach" and described Bayliss's "expertise in the shorter forms of the game" as "vital" - with a Champions Trophy and then World Cup set to be played in England and Wales in the next four years.

It was in the course of his discussions with Strauss, before Bayliss's appointment was confirmed by the ECB yesterday afternoon, that he realised this was a chance he simply had to take.

His allegiance to his current role as New South Wales coach meant it was no easy decision but, ultimately, an inevitable one to accept the position which became available after England sacked Peter Moores this month.

"It definitely wasn't an easy decision ... (but) talking to Andrew Strauss, it got to a point where it was something I couldn't refuse," Bayliss said.

"It's obviously one of the big jobs in the cricket world.

"To be asked to go on the short-list was good enough - to be successful and get it is an unbelievable feeling, a huge opportunity and one I'm looking forward to very much."

Bayliss previously coached against Australia for Sri Lanka, so is confident he can rationalise his emotions.

"We (Sri Lanka) had some success against them - winning a one-day series in Australia, and beating them in the World Twenty20 in 2009.

"The way I explained it then is that in Australia your toughest battles are against your brothers and best mates in the backyard."

He will bring some inside knowledge with him too, against Test opponents containing nine players he has coached at state level.

"I expect them to come out and play some tough, hard cricket - and they wouldn't expect anything different from a team I'm coaching either. But at the end of all that there is respect between the two teams."

There is plenty of respect too of course from Strauss for Bayliss.

He said: "Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game.

"He has a strong reputation for man-management and has shown how to build winning teams in all three formats."

Bayliss, whose first assignment begins against his native country in the Ashes opener in Cardiff on July 8, is looking forward to working alongside England's Test and one-day captains Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan, the former Ireland star.

He said: "There's a great opportunity to help Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan shape the direction and development of their teams."

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