Strauss: I’m excited to have Trevor on board


New ECB Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss said Trevor Bayliss was chosen as England's cricket coach because of his global experience and his record in all formats of the game.

Australian Bayliss was on Tuesday announced as coach of the Three Lions and it is thought that Strauss was impressed with the work the 52 year-old did when he was in charge of Sri Lanka from 2007 until 2011.

Under Bayliss the Asian team reached the 2011 World Cup final, while he coached the Kolkata Knight Riders to victory in the 2012 IPL. Bayliss' has also won the domestic four-day title with New South Wales in Australia.

Strauss also confirmed that Paul Farbrace, who is in charge of the England team for the Tests against New Zealand, will continue as an assistant coach to Bayliss.

A former England captain, Strauss said on the ECB's website: "Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game. He has proved himself in both domestic and international cricket, has a strong reputation for man-management and has shown how to build winning teams in all three formats.

"His expertise in the shorter forms of the game will be vital as we build towards three major ICC events over the next four years; the ICC World T20 tournament in India in 2016 and the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup which will be staged in England and Wales in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

"Trevor will also work well with Paul Farbrace, an exceptional coach who will continue as assistant coach after helping us to an outstanding victory over New Zealand in the 1st Investec Test of the summer.

"This has been a very competitive recruitment process and we're grateful to all of the candidates who showed their interest in this role. I'm excited to have him on board."