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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss to step down after 2019 Ashes Tests

Australian, appointed in 2015 to succeed Peter Moores, says by then it would be time for fresh approach

Trevor Bayliss, fourth right, reportedly told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans to resign a year ago. Rick Rycroft / AP Photo
Trevor Bayliss, fourth right, reportedly told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans to resign a year ago. Rick Rycroft / AP Photo

England coach Trevor Bayliss will step down when his contract ends in 2019, he announced on Tuesday at the end of a troubled Ashes Test tour of Australia.

The 55-year-old Australian, who was appointed in 2015 to succeed the dismissed Peter Moores, said by then it would be time for a fresh approach.

"I'm contracted to September 2019 and that will see me out," he told the BBC.

"I've always felt that it's time for a change around that four-year mark. A new voice and a different approach reinvigorates things."

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The broadcaster said Bayliss told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans a year ago, but had only now made it public.

His contract takes him up to the end of the 2019 Ashes series. Australian coach Darren Lehmann has also said he plans to call it quits after that series.

Since former Sri Lanka coach Bayliss took over from Moores, England's Test results have been mixed, losing 18 and winning 15.

His decision follows England's chastening 4-0 Ashes defeat, with Australia recording four comprehensive wins - including two innings victories and a 10-wicket triumph.

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British media criticised Bayliss after Monday's loss in the fifth and final Test in Sydney, with the Daily Telegraph accusing him of being "laissez-faire".

Among England's Ashes low-points, vice-captain Ben Stokes was suspended before the tour pending an investigation into a nightclub brawl, and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow drew controversy when he greeted Australia's Cameron Bancroft with a headbutt in a bar.

"The laissez-faire approach of England coach Trevor Bayliss has spelled disaster in Australia," headlined the Daily Telegraph, which added: "Bayliss presided over a walloping that would bring the guillotine rolling through the streets in other big team sports."

"England have little chance of improving if they stick with Trevor Bayliss," said the Evening Standard, while the Independent asked: "What is the point of Trevor Bayliss?"

His decision will trigger speculation about a successor as England's management open their review of the failed Ashes series.

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, who was appointed as interim coach of Papua New Guinea in July, was seen as a strong candidate when Bayliss got the job in 2015.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace could also be tapped to step up to the top job.

Bayliss's career with England began with a 3-2 home Ashes victory in 2015, but they suffered their first ever Test defeat to Bangladesh in 2016 and were humbled 4-0 away by India a year ago.