England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sunday opined that there should be less Twenty20 cricket played on the international calendar to ease the burden on top players and coaches.
On Sunday (18 February), England were eliminated from the Trans-Tasman tri-series after thrashing by New Zealand by 2-runs in Hamilton in their 100th T20. In the seven-match T20I Tri-series, Bayliss’ team won only one game, while Australia will face New Zealand in the final of the tri-series in Auckland on Wednesday.
Bayliss told Sky Sports, “I haven’t changed my opinion - I wouldn’t play T20 international cricket. If you want to play a World Cup every four years or so then maybe get the international teams to play six months before, but I’d just let the franchises play. I think [separate T20 coaches] is definitely the way it’s heading if we continue to put in so many games. There will be a blow-out with coaches.”
The Coach further explained, “It is quite obvious that [Australia’s] players have all come out of two months of T20 cricket, whereas both New Zealand and England have been playing other forms or, as is the case for some of our guys, sitting at home. That was quite evident in the way that they played - they were up to speed with the T20 game.”
He also believes that there should be different coaching duties for different formats especially T20 cricket, as coaching all three formats is the biggest challenge for someone and it will help a coach to cope with the busy schedule.
Bayliss signed off by saying, “If you go to a swimming tournament you've got 1500m specialists and 100m specialists. It’s the way it seems to be heading - only the best players are able to play in all three formats so if some guys want to concentrate on one form, so be it.”