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Bayliss willing to step aside as T20 coach

by   •  Last updated on 2020-04-20 04:07:59

Trevor Bayliss, the England chief coach, who recently suggested minimising the number of Twenty20 games played at the international level, has urged considering specialist coaches for the England T20 side in the wake of the team failing to make it to the final of the T20I tri-series. Expressing 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.

"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.

Bayliss had recently suggested that T20Is lead to a cramped calendar and should only be played six months before a World T20 event as players and coaches will be in danger of a "blow out" with the amount of international cricket across formats being played. 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 said.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson had countered Bayliss's views by saying that T20Is are important to some countries in terms of viewership and revenue generation. However, the England coach thinks it's unfair for the fans if they don't get to watch a team play without its full strength. "Is it fair on the fans if you are not playing your full team?" he questioned.

"There's no denying you're in the game because you love it but it's also a living for the players as well and they've got to make a decision based on what's best for them over a long period of time. Their careers are usually over by the time they are 35," Bayliss said.