Bayliss appointed as England head coach

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Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the new head coach of the England national team, replacing Peter Moores who was sacked by new ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss last month.

Australian Bayliss just pipped fellow Aussie, and Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie for the role and will take charge for the first time when the Ashes series gets underway in July.

A former Sri Lanka coach, Bayliss' record in limited-overs cricket might have persuaded the ECB to go with him over Gillespie, who has guided Yorkshire to a four-day title but has had almost no success in the limited-overs competitions.

Bayliss took Sri Lanka to the World Cup final in 2011, where they lost to host nation India, while he also won the IPL title with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012.

Paul Farbrace, who was an assistant to Bayliss with Sri Lanka and is currently in charge of the Three Lions in the Tests against New Zealand, will again work with the incoming coach.

The 52 year-old Bayliss said: "It's an honour to be appointed England coach. There's a great opportunity to help Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan shape the direction and development of their respective teams.

"I am also looking forward to working alongside Paul Farbrace once again as we have a similar outlook on the game, get on well after two years working together and have kept in touch.

"What particularly excites me about the role is the chance to work with a very talented group of players. 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."

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