Trevor Bayliss, on Monday (June 25), once again backed his assistant Paul Farbrace to take over from him once his contract as England coach ends, next year.
Bayliss’ four-year stint with England will end after a 2019 home schedule that includes the 50-over World Cup and the Ashes. And many think that Farbrace is the man to take English cricket forward.
Farbrace has coached England on quite a few occasions whenever Bayliss took some time off. He is once again set to don the coach’s hat during England’s upcoming T20I assignments. He will be the coach when England take on Australia and England in the coming days.
The former Kent wicketkeeper-batsman is also not new to international coaching. He was Graham Ford’s assistant when the latter coached Sri Lanka.
Farbrace also replaced Ford for a period during which the Islanders won the World Twenty20 and Asia Cup way back in 2014.
And that Farbrace wants to become the next England coach is pretty much clear. Since joining England’s coaching staff, he has turned down offers from Bangladesh and Surrey. Well, Bayliss also feels that Farbrace is capable to become the chief coach.
“Definitely. He’s 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. 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,” Bayliss told Telegraph.
While England recently announced that Farbrace will coach the team in the upcoming T20Is, it was being planned for quite some time now.
Bayliss said England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Andrew Strauss, who is currently taking time away from his post to support his wife during her cancer treatment, had shared his plans of giving Farbrace some more international exposure as a head coach.
“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,” he said.
“Straussy 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,” he added.
Australia also spoke in the favour of having different coaches for different formats.
“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,” he opined.
Bayliss is currently making the most of his off time. Criticised by many for his lack of county knowledge, Bayliss is using the opportunity to enhance his knowledge about England’s domestic cricket.
Given England’s busy schedule, Bayliss hardly gets any time to follow county cricket and it is a sensible idea for him to get around the Lions and the counties, particularly given the World Cup is just over a year away.