The 2019 World Cup-winning former England coach, Trevor Bayliss will return to the Big Bash League (BBL) as he has signed a 3-season deal with the Sydney Thunder. He had previously coached the city rivals, Sydney Sixers, from 2011 to 2015 winning the title in the inaugural 2011-12 season
Trevor Bayliss will replace Shane Bond as the head coach. The Kiwi had opted against a contract extension in order to spend more time with his family. Born in New South Wales itself, the 58-year-old is excited to return home.
“It’s great to be home and involved in New South Wales cricket. The Thunder have done well over the last few years… Hopefully we can go one or two steps further this summer,” Trevor Bayliss said on Thursday.
One of his early jobs would be to decide on a new captain after Callum Ferguson was not offered a new contract. Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja are some names in the reckoning.
Trevor Bayliss’ illustrious career as a coach:
Trevor Bayliss was a decent batsman for NSW, averaging 35.58 in first-class cricket and 29.90 in List-A cricket, but couldn’t make it to the national side. However, he made a great impact on teams and achieved immense success as a coach.
In his first season as the New South Wales coach in 2004-05, he guided them to the Sheffield Shield title. He was appointed as Sri Lanka coach in August 2007 and coached them to the No. 2 position in the Test rankings and the final of the 2011 World Cup.
It was after then Trevor Bayliss started making big noises in T20 leagues. He led Sydney Sixers to the 2011-12 season trophy, and then won the 2012 and 2014 IPL seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
He was offered the England coaching job in May 2015 where he combined hands with Eoin Morgan and both led the country to its maiden 50-over World Cup triumph. Currently, he is the coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2021.