• Bayliss advises England on succession plan

    Outgoing head coach Trevor Bayliss has suggested England split the position.

    Bayliss, who won’t extend his tenure beyond the Ashes series against Australia later this year, currently presides over the Test, ODI and T20I teams.

    New England and Wales Cricket Board director of cricket Ashley Giles, meanwhile, has stated he is not necessarily averse to having separate Test and limited-overs coaches.

    ‘It’s very difficult. I said to Giles the other day that if they go with one coach then it might help to have two or three assistants underneath. It could be that they take charge in some more series. Then the head coach gets a break and it gives experience to two or three homegrown coaches,’ said Bayliss.

    The role was split in 2013 and 2014, when Zimbabwean Andy Flower coached the Test side and Giles the ODI and T20I units.

    England will co-host the World Cup with Wales later this year.

    ‘It probably couldn’t get any bigger. Especially happening at home and within a few months. That brings pressure, but one thing we have been working towards is playing under some pressure. When we get to the big stage it is out of our hands, it’s down to the guys to perform on the day. I don’t think we could have done too much more,’ added Bayliss.

    ‘Some of the results and the way they have begun to play suggests we are heading in the right direction. There’s no secret we’ve been looking to fill a few spots in the Test side permanently, and hopefully some are close to being filled.’

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