England coach Trevor Bayliss made a sensational statement for the first time after the change of leadership at the England cricket team. Joe Root has replaced Alastair Cook as captain of all three formats.
Baylis said, “I’m not a dictator” in Abu Dhabi. His statement is a nod to the important role played by Paul Farbrace and the selectors.
The former Australian cricketer said that England should bold cricket under the leadership of Root, an idea which was echoed by England and Wales Cricket Board’s chief executive, Tom Harrison.
Bayliss feels England would play great cricket under Root as they have a balanced side which featured players like Ben Stokes.
Bayliss appointed as England coach in May 2015 by former England captain and current ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss. Since then, Bayliss brought a deep change in the England’s playing style. Before joining the England team he coached Australia, Sri Lanka and Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders.
While talking about leadership change, Bayliss said, “I don’t have a style of play – I don’t play anymore.”
When Bayliss was appointed as England team coach he didn’t have any experience of English cricket. He wanted to bring an Australia like bold playing style and aggressiveness to the England cricket team. He has done that very well over the last two years.
England has played good cricket in overseas conditions as well as at home. Recently they have played competitive ODI series in India and now is expected to emulate that in West Indies and in the Champions Trophy, which will be held in England in June.
Bayliss has a knack of thinking like a player from a coach’s perspective.
Meanwhile, he feels county cricket must work as a talent producer. The robust talent pool is always necessary to build an invincible team.
“County cricket must be doing something right if it can produce a couple of guys like that,” he says. “It’s not all bad. There always seems to be a bit of doom and gloom about the game but the players coming in are doing pretty well. We have to use what’s good about our game.”
He is also happy with his players who opted to play in Indian Premier League (IPL), especially for Ben Stokes who will play for Rising Pune Supergiants.
“I’m not concerned about the money they have attracted (in the IPL) but getting experience in unfamiliar surroundings and mixing with the best players in the world and experiencing different conditions – pitches, crowds, everything else that comes with a competition like that (is what matters). What’s important is bringing that to England,” Bayliss signed out.