As per the reports in The Telegraph, Trevor Bayliss is set to be appointed as the new coach of the England, pipping fellow Australian Jason Gillespie for the post.
It has been learnt that Bayliss, who is also the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has positively responded to an offer from the English Cricket Board (ECB) and is expected to give his final decision to them on May 26.
Bayliss has a long record of success in domestic as well as international circuit. He was the coach of Sri Lankan team that reached the finals of the ICC World Cup 2011. An year later, he led KKR to their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title. Last year, Bayliss also coached Australia at T20 level, guiding them to 2-1 series win over South Africa. He has also led New South Wales (NSW) to several Bhupa Sheffield Shield titles.
Gillespie, the current head coach of Yorkshire, was the front-runner for this top job but newly appointed ECB Director Andrew Strauss confirmed it last week that even though the former Australian fast-bowler is in the frame, they would also consider the likes of Gary Kirsten, Bayliss for the job.
With 9 NSW players in Australia’s Ashes squad, including Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and David Warner, Bayliss could be the perfect architect for England to plot the tourists downfall this winter.