The appointment of Trevor Bayliss was a mastermind decision, having made an immediate impact and he is a positive step in the right direction for the English side.
The first Australian to coach England, he has had no problems in adapting in an unusual position and blend in with unfamiliar conditions and circumstances. He has fitted into an England side that was starting to show promise and all he had to do was fit in the final parts of the jigsaw puzzle, which he did superbly. But such a prosperous improvement was unseen in the horizon and after only joining the squad a day before the pre-Ashes preparation tour to Spain, a brighter start to the next chapter of his coaching-career was not imagined than an Ashes series victory on home soil safely tucked into his cabinet. Bayliss at once felt at home, and although there was no doubting of his capability, he was expected to need more time to find his feet and get to know his players.
Under the former New South Wales coach, the future looks secure and in good hands and the squad certainly has potential to become a intoxicate side and galvanise cricket with an audacious brand of cricket, which will stir excitement.
He is in particular looking forward to the development of flashy all-rounder Ben Stokes and said he is an talent that needs to be treated with care. “We don’t want to put too much expectation on him and say he’s going to be the next Ian Botham, or the next Andrew Flintoff. He’ll be the next Ben Stokes. Certainly, batting is right up there. With his bowling, as we’ve seen here, he could be the next Jimmy Anderson.
“To have rolled that up in one player is a good thing for English cricket, and on top of that he’s probably the best fielder in the team as well. I’m sure we’ll all enjoy watching were he’ll end up, and the performances he puts up over the next 10 to 15 years. I’m looking forward to it”.
When asked if he had any mixed feelings, being an Australian the 52-year-old answered: “I’m not going to gloat. Not in front of them anyway. I know how much they will be hurting in that change room. Certainly when the boys took that last wicket, and the lap of honour, the hairs at the back of my neck were standing up”.
“I’m like a duck under water, feet paddling pretty quickly. I think if the coach is showing his emotion, looking and feeling nervous and making comments that are not necessarily helpful that just makes the players nervous”.
“We’re not going to to paper over the cracks. There are some improvements to be made with this team if we want to become the best in the world, and play consistent cricket over a period of time and on foreign soil. We know there’s some hard work ahead of us”.
Bayliss also lauded his captain, Alistair Cook, saying his presence lifts his team-mates spirits and he is an outstanding skipper. “First of all, he’s a fantastic guy. He is very well-respected in the dressing room, not just because of his own record but the type of person he is. He’s captained extremely well in this series so far-being pro-active, not reactive-and I think the results speak for themselves”, concluded the head coach.
There is no doubt Bayliss brings out the best in players and has created a comfortable and enjoyable that allows his forces to thrive. He is here to stay, that is unquestionable.