On This Day in 2015: Bayliss appointed as England start on road to World Cup win
Trevor Bayliss was appointed England head coach on this day six years ago, tasked with a brief to improve the country’s limited-overs fortunes.
While he helped them regain the Ashes in his first assignment in the summer of 2015, the Australian’s peak moment at the helm came in 2019 as he shepherded England to their first ever World Cup crown.
Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the ups and downs in a reign that came to an end following the drawn Ashes series in September 2019.
World Cup glory
The crowning achievement of Bayliss’ tenure and the all-time high of England’s one-day cricket took place at Lord’s on July 14, 2019. Four years on from the 2015 World Cup debacle, England lifted the trophy on home soil in a game against New Zealand that goes down as one of the most dramatic finals in team sport.
Bayliss’ first assignment in the job could not have been bigger, a home Ashes series in the summer of 2015. Going into the penultimate game 2-1 ahead, Stuart Broad’s famous spell of eight for 15 guaranteed England would reclaim the urn.
Seeing off South Africa
Beating the world’s number one Test side in 2015/16, and knocking them off their perch at the same time was a sizeable achievement. A 2-1 series win was confirmed with victories in Durban and the ‘Bullring’ of Johannesburg.
New heights in Nottingham
Twice in the past three years England have left Trent Bridge with a new world record one-day score. In August 2016 Alex Hales smashed 171 as the hosts piled on 444 for three against Pakistan, and in 2018 Australia suffered even more, with tons from Hales and Jonny Bairstow setting up an incredible 481 for six.
Home conditions helped but India arrived in the summer of 2018 with 10 series wins from their last 11 and with an in-form Virat Kohli in tow. They left with a 4-1 defeat, their heaviest since a trip to Australia in 2011/12.
Ashes to crashes
England were roundly thrashed on their 2017/18 trip Down Under, going down 4-0 as Steve Smith’s batting brilliance and a pacy, powerful bowling attack dismantled the tourists’ hopes.
Calamity in Cardiff
The 2017 Champions Trophy represented a trial run for the World Cup two years later and England were strong favourites on home turf. But they were caught out by the semi-final pitch at Sophia Gardens, succumbing to surprise winners Pakistan.
Fresh from a fine 3-0 win on the spinning pitches of Sri Lanka, Bayliss set off for his final overseas trip in the job. A horror collapse in Barbados and further failures in Antigua meant his touring days with England ended with an unexpected series defeat.
Tymal Mills credits The Hundred with key role in his England recall
Mills was named in England’s T20 World Cup squad after starring in the 100-ball franchise competition.
ECB to decide this week if Ashes tour of Australia can go ahead
Australia’s stringent approach to coronavirus restrictions has cast doubt on the marquee series.
England still among T20 World Cup favourites without Stokes and Archer – Buttler
When England landed the 50-over crown at in 2019, Buttler, Stokes and Archer were the men who delivered for their country when the pressure was on.
This winter’s Ashes series will go ahead, says Australia captain Tim Paine
Joe Root has refused to fully commit to the tour, with the first Test scheduled for December 8.
Warwickshire land glorious domestic double with Bob Willis Trophy win
Bears see of Lancashire with ease.
Ireland batter Paul Stirling cannot wait for the Men’s T20 World Cup
The explosive opener is excited for Ireland to once more test themselves against the best.
England’s postponed tour of Holland rearranged for next June
England last faced the Dutch during the 2014 World Cup where they suffered a shock defeat.
Will Rhodes and Rob Yates hit centuries as Warwickshire dominate Lancashire
Matt Parkinson was rewarded for his toil on a placid pitch with three wickets.
Jos Buttler against going to Australia without family as he awaits Ashes clarity
Buttler is preparing to fly to the United Arab Emirates next week for the Twenty20 World Cup.
ECB is braced for ‘more challenging discussions’ over Ashes tour
ECB chair Ian Watmore admitted there are more hurdles to be cleared after last week receiving the latest update from Cricket Australia.