Following England's exit from the Trans Tasman tri-series in spite of winning the last T20I of the league stage against New Zealand, England coach Trevor Bayliss has opined on the shortest format of the game being scraped from the international calendar.
Now he has expressed his willingness to step aside should the need arise, Bayliss recommended assistant coach Paul Farbrace to take over.
"The short answer is probably 'yes'. Eventually, you will have specialist coaches as well," said Bayliss, when asked if a coach specific to the T20 format should be considered before his contract comes to an end in September 2019. "That will obviously be a discussion with higher levels, with (ECB director of cricket) Andrew Strauss and people like that. If that was what they thought was the way to go ahead, I'd be all for it. If not, I am more than happy to keep going and work with these guys towards that next T20 World Cup," he added.
On Paul Farbrace whom he likens to replace himself, Bayliss said "Obviously, Paul Farbrace, I think, would do a grand job. If that's a possibility down the line, so be it. We work pretty closely together anyway. When I was a number two, years ago, a bloke said to me the role of the number two is to make the number one look good. I think he's done a good job in that respect," he added.
He went on to further say that the T20 cricket does make good players choose one format over the other due to the amount of cricket being played at the international level these days. He also highlighted on the monetary factor as well associated with a particular format. Citing Adil Rashid's example - the leg-spinner opted to forgo red-ball cricket to develop his skills in limited-overs cricket - Bayliss said the volume of cricket is invariably forcing players to choose between formats and games.
"It is a difficult one. The way we are heading you are almost forcing players to make a decision as Rashid did to go one way or the other. There is so much cricket. If you play every form of the game - we have a few guys who do that - there is no way you can play every game. Your career would be three or four years long and that would be it," Bayliss concluded.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, however, countered on Bayliss' point and batted for the continuation of the format keeping in mind the viewership and revenue matters.