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England batsman Joe Root has revealed that he is looking forward to working alongside newly appointed head coach Trevor Bayliss.
Bayliss will become the first Australian to coach England and Root believes that having someone who has worked with the Baggy Greens in the past will give the national team a major advantage heading into the upcoming Ashes series.
“He’s got a great reputation – wherever he’s gone in the world he’s had great success,” Root told Sky Sports. “Hopefully he can bring that to England cricket as well.
“I think (nine) of the (Australia) squad he’s worked with before in New South Wales so that obviously will be a slight advantage. More than anything, it’s just pleasing to see or be able to get the chance to work with someone who’s worked in international cricket and domestic cricket.”
Root is also hoping that all-rounder Ben Stokes can mirror his performance in the first Test when the second and final Test of the series gets underway at Headingley on Friday.
Stokes not only scored the fastest ever century during the first Test at Lord’s, but also dismissed Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and Mark Craig on the final day to lead England to a 124-run win.
“He’s at the start of his career. He’s a very exciting prospect,” Root said. “I’ve known him since he was 13 years old and he’s always been very similar in the way he approaches the game. He always gives absolutely everything on the field.
“He’s desperate to do well for England and he’s desperate to do well for himself – long may that continue.”