Cook: Securing Bayliss is a ‘great coup’

England captain Alastair Cook thinks it is a 'great coup' for the Three Lions that they got to hire Australian Trevor Bayliss as their head coach.

Bayliss was appointed England coach on Tuesday, to replace the sacked Peter Moores, and will take charge of the side before the Ashes series against his countrymen in July.

The 52 year-old has a great track record, especially in the limited-overs format where has guided Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final and well as win the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012.

Cook said: "Trevor has experience in all forms of the game, he's a successful coach, everywhere he's gone he's been successful. His one-day record is very good as well so it will be interesting to hear his ideas on that side.

"I don't really know him that well. I played against his Sri Lankan team and I had a beer with (New Zealand captain) Brendon (McCullum) and the New Zealand guys after the first Test and he spoke very highly of him. Everyone I've spoken to about him seems to rate him.  

"It's obviously, for England, a great coup to have him in terms of his experience, certainly of Australian players, but just of the world game as well. I think the guys are looking forward to him turning up, getting to meet him and seeing what he says about things."