With an appointment for the England head coach role looking imminent, it appears that the selection has been narrowed down to just five potential candidates. Whilst four out of the five coaches have been coaching in England, either currently or recently, there is one outsider for the job, Australian Trevor Bayliss, who has an excellent cv which onlookers cannot fail to be impressed with.
We are led to believe that the five candidates are Ashley Giles, England's current one-day and T20 coach, Lancashire coach Peter Moores, Sussex coach Mark Robinson, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mike Newell and Bayliss himself.
Newell has admitted this week that he has attended an interview for the vacant post so it is clear we are nearing the end of this drawn out saga and finally England will have a coach who can plan for this summer and hopefully further ahead.
A three-man panel, consisting of ECB chief executive Paul Downton, David Collier and Gordon Lord, will interview the five men reported to be in the frame for the job and I am certain they will be very impressed with Bayliss and his achievements to date.
Trevor Bayliss played for New South Wales between 1985 and 1997 before becoming a coach. From 2007 to 2011 he was the International coach of Sr Lanka and after surviving the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team coach during their tour of Pakistan in 2008-09 he led them to the 2011 World Cup Final which they unfortunately lost. After leaving his post with Sri Lanka Bayliss was appointed coach of Sydney Sixers and the Kolkatta Knight Riders in their respective Twenty/20 competitions. He has won both competitions in his time in charge. This year Bayliss has added the Sheffield Shield to his growing list of achievements after guiding New South Wales to victory thi sseason.
Although the contenders for the vacant post are mainly English it may be good for England to look elsewhere for a leader who will come in to the squad with fresh ideas and no pre-conceived ideas. Being an Australian I don’t think he will be shy in voicing his opinions and implementing his own ideas and his ways of working seem to produce results. England have been accused of being arrogant and having a dressing room that has a few issues. Michael Carberry has recently criticised England for their man-management skills but according to former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson, Trevor Bayliss could bring the attributes that are badly needed in Team England.
Speaking to Cricket Australia's website Lawson said: "England no doubt feel a new coach will need to manage a few people and that is his real strength.
"He's relaxed, calming and able to get the best out of players. He never gets overly excited or overly depressed by the game or by performances and he's got great knowledge."
The other four contenders for the role are already established in England as coaches but are they the right men to take our National team forward? Moores has been England coach before and Giles has overseen some disappointing results in one-day cricket under his tenure so far. Newell and Robinson would be fresh faces at International level but do they have the qualities that are required and needed at the top level.
Hopefully this long drawn out saga will end soon and England can move forward and plan for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka and then India later in the summer. Hopefully the new man, whoever he may be, will have the answers to many of the questions that have been raised about England recently.
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