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Bayliss tips Farbrace to succeed him as England cricket coach

Trevor Bayliss, who has been in charge of England since 2015, is due to step down as head coach at the end of the 2019 home summer.

Cricket - England vs Australia - Third One Day International - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain - June 19, 2018   England head coach Trevor Bayliss ahead of the match   Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
CRAIG BROUGHAction Images via Reuters

England cricket team’s head coach Trevor Bayliss has tipped his assistant Paul Farbrace to replace him at the helm when he leaves the post at the end of next summer’s World Cup an Ashes.

In order to be examined and to give Bayliss a rest, Farbrace will take charge of the team in their Twenty20 matches against Australia on Wednesday and India on July 3, 6 and 7.

Definitely. If that’s what he wants to do, then I’m all for it,’ Bayliss told reporters when asked if Farbrace could be his long-term successor.

‘He’s had success doing it before. This is an opportunity to get that experience.’

Split coaching

Bayliss said England will almost certainly split the coaching role between formats next year to avoid ‘burn-out’ in a full international schedule.

‘There’s burn-out with the coaches as well,’ he said. ‘The coaches are a little bit older than the players, so maybe it doesn’t take quite as much. We mightn’t be running around out there – but sitting on the balcony you play every shot and bowl every ball. I think it will go that way.’

Bayliss, who led Sri Lanka to a runner-up finish in the 2011 World Cup, will look to go one better next year as England hosts the showpiece tournament.


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