McGrath: Bayliss will make England attack


Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath feels that new England coach Trevor Bayliss will have a big impact on how aggressively the Three Lions play during the Ashes, saying the Aussie will teach them to attack.

Bayliss took over from Peter Moores recently and McGrath, and others, feel that the former New South Wales and Kolkata coach will help England take the game to the opposition, unlike previous English mentors.

McGrath told Cricinfo: "(Australia captain) Michael Clarke is a very good captain. He thinks on his feet and can adapt very quickly. It comes down from the coach to Michael Clarke to the rest of the team.

"(England skipper Alastair) Cook, on the other hand, is a little bit more conservative. Andy Flower was there and they had a more conservative approach.

"I always felt that they waited for the other team to make a mistake. If the other team is playing well, it doesn't always work.

"When I first started playing for New South Wales, Trevor Bayliss was in the team and a middle-order batsman. He played very well and was very successful. Since he has moved to the coaching role he has done well with New South Wales.

"Sydney Sixers won the Big Bash League, Kolkata Knight Riders won the Indian Premier League under him. He is a very good coach and a very good man manager.

"We will see the impact he can have on the English system because the way the Australians do it is different to how others team do it. But there have been a few Australian coaches in the past who have been quite successful elsewhere.

"Maybe he will add a little more and bring something new to the table; spice it up a little bit or give an insight into the Australian way. It could benefit England."