England has appointed Trevor Bayliss as its new head coach ahead of the upcoming Ashes series.
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The Australian lead Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final and number two in the Test rankings and is currently coach of New South Wales where he has won two Sheffield Shield titles.
Bayliss has also had success in the T20 format of the game with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash.
The 52-year-old said he was looking forward to his future with the England side.
“What particularly excites me about the role is the chance to work with a very talented group of players,” Bayliss said in an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement.
“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.”
ECB cricket director Andrew Strauss said Bayliss’ record in the game meant he was an obvious choice to take over from the sacked Peter Moores.
“Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game,” he 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.”
England currently lead its two-Test series against New Zealand following an inspiring win at Lord’s.