England to have one coach for all formats after Trevor Bayliss steps down, says director Ashley Giles
He was also disappointed with the lack of coaches in England.
Updated - Feb 22, 2019 7:11 pm
Unlike in the past when they were considered a better force only in red-ball cricket, England have emerged as a side capable of scaling heights across all formats. The Three Lions are one of the top-ranked teams in the world now and their coach Trevor Bayliss deserves a big pat on his back. Bayliss is, however, set to step down this year following the Ashes at home and England will have to find a replacement soon.
Ashley Giles, the former left-arm spinner who took over as the new managing director of England cricket two months before, has said that the Three Lions will continue to have a single coach for all the three formats – Tests, ODIs and T20Is – after Bayliss steps down. The 56-year-old Australia-born has been in charge of England since 2015 during which the team has seen quite a few glorious moments on the field.
“I’m about 99.9 percent sure that I want one man to do that job in the future. The last thing we want is a football-style mentality where a guy comes in, brings his whole backroom staff with him, and the whole structure falls apart. I think consistency of communication is really important,” Giles told BBC’s Test Match Special podcast.
The 45-year-old, who took over from Andrew Strauss in December, also did not rule out the possibility of having a home-grown coach replacing Bayliss.
Ashley Giles, who took over from former Test captain Andrew Strauss in December, did not rule out the possibility of a home-grown coach replacing Australian Bayliss. The last time England had a local coach in charge of their national side was in 2014-15 when Peter Moores shouldered the responsibility. Moores, in fact, had also served between 2007 and 2009.
Giles not impressed with lack of enough England coaches
Ashley Giles, who himself had also worked as a coach for England’s limited-overs sides between 2012 and 2014, was not too impressed with things though. He said the fact that there was only one England coach who did the work twice in 20 years reflected badly about the country’s coaching development scenario. Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher was in charge between 1999-2007 while his compatriot Andy Flower looked after the Test side between 2009 and 2014.