England’s head coach Trevor Bayliss’ contract comes to an end in September 2019, after the commencement of both 2019 ICC World Cup and the 2019 Ashes, and he wants to end his journey by winning both the trophies.
Bayliss has turned England as one of the most dangerous ODI outfits, who now own the world record for the highest ODI team score- 481/6. This year, the team will have the opportunity to prove just how far they have come in both formats, at the World Cup and then at the Ashes.
It also offers England the chance to send the coach out with the perfect farewell gift.
"I’m not sure (winning the World Cup is priority)," said Bayliss. "There’s nothing like beating Australia in the Ashes like we did at home in 2015. And having lost in Australia 12 months ago, it’s hard to pick between them. Hopefully, we walk away with both trophies."
"It probably wouldn’t get any bigger, especially in six months and at home," said Bayliss. "That brings pressure with it in itself and one that we have been working towards, playing under pressure."
England’s West Indies tour gets underway on Wednesday, 23 January, with the first of three Tests, in Barbados and Bayliss has his sights set on nothing less than a series win.
"A 1-0 win would do us," he said. "We’d like to win the series but we set out to win every Test we play. We know that’s not always possible and the West Indies have actually had some good performances over the last 12-18 months and they beat us (at Headingley) 18 months ago. It’s not easy playing away from home as we’ve seen over a number of years from every country’s point of view. So we’re certainly not taking them lightly."