Lehmann: Bayliss will make the Ashes tougher


Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has congratulated countryman and former colleague Trevor Bayliss on being appointed England head coach, and says the Ashes have just become a bit trickier.

Bayliss was confirmed on Tuesday as the new England coach, beating out early favourite Jason Gillespie, and the news has been met with positivity all round, with Lehmann joining many former Australia players in singing his praises.

Lehmann said: "Trevor has been a great servant of the game in Australia and has had great success with NSW in both long and short format, as well as with the Sydney Sixers and Kolkata Knight Riders in T20s.

"He did a great job for us when he took the reins in the International T20s against South Africa last year, winning the series 2-1.

"A trademark of Trevor’s teams is that they are well prepared and this just serves as another reminder to us that this Ashes will be a tough contest.

"I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him all the best."

Brett Lee, former Australia and Kolkata paceman, was also pleased for his old coach, saying on the CA website: "Trevor Bayliss is old school.

"He's such a calming influence over the team and I personally believe his record speaks for itself. Whatever he's touched has turned to gold."

Former Oz spinner Shane Warne agreed with Lee, saying in The Australian: "Everyone is a big fan of Trevor Bayliss. I think he is more of a background sort of coach, he's not front and centre all the time.

"He's not afraid to give a few rockets when they're needed. He's fair, harsh and he creates a pretty good environment."

Bayliss has only a few weeks to prepare for the Ashes, which start on 8 July.