Root excited about Bayliss’ appointment


England Test vice-captain Joe Root has welcomed the appointment of new head coach Trevor Bayliss, saying it would be good to have a coach with experience at domestic and international level.

Bayliss has coached Sri Lanka, the Kolkata Knight Riders and New South Wales, and is very experienced in all formats, and took the job in large part due to the presence of assistance coach Paul Farbrace.

England have been without a head coach since Peter Moores was sacked after the West Indies tour a month ago, and Bayliss got the job ahead of Jason Gillespie, Root's coach at Yorkshire.

Root told Sky Sports News HQ: "He's got a great reputation – wherever he's gone in the world he's had great success. Hopefully he can bring that to England cricket as well.

"I think (nine) of the (Australia) squad he's worked with before in New South Wales so that obviously will be a slight advantage (during the upcoming Ashes).

"More than anything, it's just pleasing to see or be able to get the chance to work with someone who's worked in international cricket and domestic cricket."

Root, speaking at Headingley ahead of the second Test against New Zealand, also had kind words for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was instrumental in England's win at Lord's, scoring a century and taking crucial wickets.

Root added of the New Zealand-born player: "He's at the start of his career. He's a very exciting prospect.

"I've known him since he was 13 years old and he's always been very similar in the way he approaches the game. He always gives absolutely everything on the field.

"He's desperate to do well for England and he's desperate to do well for himself – long may that continue."