Aussie Bayliss ready for English cricket challenge

 Newly-appointed England coach Trevor Bayliss admitted the team's performance in beating world No.3 New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's this week convinced him to take the job.

The New South Welshman - the first Australian to be given the role as coach of England - will take over in time to lead the team against the Aussies in the Ashes which start in Cardiff on July 8.

"I've been watching this last Test against New Zealand at Lord's very closely, staying up late into the night to do some research, and it's been great to see," he said.

"They've obviously got some very good talent in the team, and some young talent for the future as well. To come back from 30 for 4 on the first day to win the match showed a lot of character.

"That's what good teams need, the character to come through the tough times and go on and win. I'd much rather come into working with a team that's on a high, and hopefully that can continue through the second Test against New Zealand and the one-day series."

Bayliss, who already has international experience having coached Sri Lanka for four years, and also the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, said he had no qualms about taking on Australia in his first assignment.

"I've coached against Australia before with Sri Lanka, and we had some success against them, winning a one-day series in Australia, and beating them in the World Twenty20 in 2009," he said. "The way I explained it then is that in Australia your toughest battles are against your brothers and best mates in the backyard.

"I do know quite a number of the Australia team very well from New South Wales. 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."

Bayliss has been at the helm of New South Wales since he resigned from the Sri Lanka job after taking them to the 2011 World Cup final.

He was interviewed for the England job 12 months ago after Andy Flower stepped down, but the ECB decided it wanted to go with an Englishman at that time and appointed Peter Moores.

Bayliss gave an insight into his coaching style by saying he hoped he wouldn't be in the headlines too often.

"The first thing is it shouldn't be about the coach, it's about the players," the 52-year-old said.

"I've had my time in the sun - maybe with a few clouds - and now it's the time for the young guys playing the game and entertaining the crowds. I'm very much in the background, I won't chase the publicity, and I want the players to have a reasonable say in how they want things to work."

- with INM


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