Bayliss makes major announcement regarding his future

Trevor Bayliss step down head coach 2019 Ashes series England cricket

Trevor Bayliss: “I’ve always felt that round about that four-year mark is time to change”

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed that he will step down from the position after the 2019 Ashes series.

Bayliss’ current contract expires in September 2019, but he insisted that the 4-0 thrashing his side suffered at the hands of Australia in the recently concluded Ashes series Down Under did not influence his decision.

“I told Andrew Strauss (director of England cricket) probably 12 months ago that September 2019 is when I’m contracted to and that would see me out,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “I’ve never been anywhere any more than four or five years.

“Whether you’re going well or not I’ve always felt that round about that four-year mark is time to change. A new voice, a slightly different approach slightly reinvigorates things, so I passed that on to him 12 months ago.”

While Bayliss will have a lot of thinking to do and changes to implement ahead of the 2019 Ashes series, he pointed out that it will be captain Joe Root’s task to get his players to put up a stronger showing.

“I’ve got no problem working towards a long-term goal even if I’m not going to be there,” the 55-year-old said. “You leave a coaching position hopefully with the team in a better place than when you started. Joe Root as the captain will still be there and there’s a base of six or seven players that will still be young and good enough to be in the team.

“The captain is in charge, but we’re there to help out. Joe is a young captain and I would expect in four years when he comes back, with another four years’ experience and an away Ashes under his belt, he’ll feel a lot more comfortable.”

It is unclear whether England will make many changes to their squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, but Bayliss made it clear that it will take some time for his side to get back to their best.

“It’s not going to be an overnight success. If you bring three or four young blokes into the team it will be a slower process as they learn what the international game is about,” he said. “It’s about slowly getting them involved, not necessarily in the team but around the squad to begin with and filtering them into the team when positions become available or when they force their way in.

“If it is to occur that we’re not necessarily as successful as we’d like to be because we’re blooding some young players it’s about being able to take it on the chin. Hopefully everybody realises we are heading in a certain direction.”

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