Trevor Bayliss backs Paul Farbrace to be the next England head coach

Paul Fabrace is currently the assistant coach in England setup.

Paul Fabrace(left) alongside Eoin Morgan(middle) and Trevor Bayliss(right) (PA)

Trevor Bayliss, the current England head coach has come out and stated that Paul Fabrace, assistant coach, could be the next to take his position for the three lions. Bayliss backs Farbrace to step into the important role after former's contract with ECB expires at the end of 2019 home summer, which includes the ICC Cricket World Cup and an Ashes against the arch-rivals Australia. Bayliss has previously expressed that he wishes not to renew his contract and would like to go with the completion of his 4 years with the side across all formats. 

Farbrace will be performing Bayliss' role for the upcoming T20 Internationals against Australia and India, in the latter's absence due to a break given by the ECB before the 5-Tests series versus India, as a sign of his ever-growing relevance to the setup. 

Bayliss who was recently asked about the matter was quoted replying, "Definitely, He(Paul Fabrace) has had success doing it before but like anything it's experience and the more you do and the more you work out what works and doesn't work, and this is an opportunity to get that experience with the top team. If that's what he wants to do then I'm all for it. We've had a number of discussions about the schedule and what might be able to be done with that, not just from the players point of view. We've given the coaches a few weeks off here and there because there is a certain amount of burnout. I'm sure that will come into this thinking.

"Straussy(Andrew Strauss, ECB Director of Cricket) spoke to me six months ago with that in mind, to give Farby some exposure with the top team. Everyone knows I won't be here in September 2019 so what plan Strauss has in mind for that I don't know but I was happy to give Farby the opportunity when he asked me if I'd have any problem with it."

Emphasising his view about the need to split the red and white ball coaching setups, Bayliss said, "My thought on it would be to do it, yes. There's burnout with the coaches as well. The coaches are a little bit older than the players so maybe it doesn't take quite as much. We mightn't be running around out there but sitting on the balcony you play every shot and bowl every ball. I don't know what Straussy has in mind but I wouldn't be surprised if in years to come it did go that way."

Bayliss also showered praise on Jos Buttler, who won the man of the series award for his outstanding contributions in England ODI whitewash against Australia. 

"It's unbelievable. I can't really describe how good it is. Red ball, white ball, T20 - there are not too many better in the world at the minute. He's a smart guy, and he's one of those game players, he looks at the situation of the game and he's a winner. He doesn't like losing, not even the football matches before the start. Hopefully, that can rub off on some of the other guys higher up the order, who themselves have played some bloody good cricket this series."

Bayliss is delighted with the way England are playing their white ball cricket but he knows, close games like the one at Old Trafford exemplify the need to consistently seek improvement. 

He concluded, "To me that's a bit of a reminder that there are still some things to work on. In one way it's a good reminder to the guys: don't get too comfortable with where you are at because there will be other teams out there striving to get better and it will be difficult to stay in the form we are in. The good thing is we were able to win eventually from a poor position. Hopefully, that sets a standard and an example to the rest of the team."

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)

By Kashish Chadha - 26 Jun, 2018

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