Trevor Bayliss: ODI victory over New Zealand bodes well for Ashes series
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Trevor Bayliss: ODI victory over New Zealand bodes well for Ashes series

Posted on - June 24 Wednesday, 2015

England coach is scheduled to start his new role on Thursday
‘It sounds like they’re in a good place and they’re enjoying themselves’

The new England coach, Trevor Bayliss, believes the recent one-day international series victory over New Zealand bodes well for their chances in this summer’s Ashes.

Bayliss is scheduled to start work in his new post on Thursday before the five-match series, which begins in Cardiff on 8 July. A 14-man England squad will fly to Spain on Saturday for a four-day training camp fresh from the 3-2 victory over New Zealand in the one-day series, which was followed up by a crushing 56-run win in Tuesday’s Twenty20 match.

“It’s been quite exciting. There are some new, young players in there with plenty of skill and plenty of enthusiasm,” Bayliss told Sky Sports News

“It sounds like they’re in a good place, it looks like they’re enjoying themselves out in the field and that’s the main thing.” Asked what he hopes to accomplish in the short period of time before the Ashes begins, Bayliss added: “To get to know the players, number one. Apart from that, a little bit of planning for the Ashes.

“It’ll be some good fun, I think. I’ll be just doing things the way I normally do with any of the cricket teams I’ve been involved in and hopefully that means England playing some good cricket.

“Hopefully (there’ll be) two teams playing some good cricket, and it’s a win-win for the game of cricket.

“I’m confident of putting up a good show and if they play some good cricket, there’ll be a chance of winning.” ”

Bayliss, who worked with England assistant Paul Farbrace while in charge of Sri Lanka, was also asked about the possibility of an England return for Kevin Pietersen.

“Apparently he’s unavailable for selection so that’s all I know at this stage,” he said. Asked if he would you like to have him, Bayliss added: “Well, he is a good batter but at this stage he’s unavailable so that’s all I know.”