England coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed that he will step down from his role in 2019, meaning he will still be in charge when they try to regain the Ashes at home.
Bayliss was speaking after the tourists slumped to four-nil Ashes defeat and said he had discussed the length of his contract with England director of cricket Andrew Strauss last year.
The 2019 home season in England see them host Ashes and the World Cup, something Bayliss was brought in to specifically improve was their limited-overs form.
Bayliss said: “I told Andrew Strauss probably 12 months ago that September 2019 I’m contracted to and that would see me out.
“I’ve never been anywhere any more than four of five years. Whether you’re going well or not I’ve always felt that roundabout that four-year mark is time to change.
“A new voice, a slightly different approach slightly reinvigorates things. So I passed that on him 12 months ago.”
Bayliss, an Australian, also said he doesn’t see to many changes being made to the Test squad despite the hammering they took in the Ashes series Down Under.
England’s next assignment in the longest format will be in New Zealand in March with a couple of players like batsmen James Vince Mark Stoneman having had moderate series.
Allrounder Moeen Ali struggled with bat and ball while the other spin option, leggie Mason Crane, conceded almost 200 runs while only taking one wicket in his only Test in Sydney.
Bayliss said: “I can’t see too many big changes. We’ve known for a couple of years we’ve been three or four performing players short of a very, very good team.
“We’ve had good performances at home in Test cricket but a lot of that’s been on the back of our big five or six players.
“Trying to fill those last three of four spots so you’ve got that consistency in the team would help away from home. Malan has probably done enough, he’s probably cemented one of those spots we were after.
“James Vince and Mark Stoneman have shown what they’re capable of but would be a little disappointed they weren’t able to capitalise on some of their good play.
“If guys like that can capitalise on their starts and make big hundreds that gives us across out top seven players who are performing well.”
All-rounder will step in next week with Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child.
The all-rounder left home county Yorkshire earlier this month.
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This four-day match represents the last opportunity for selection for the first Test against England.