England eyeing Gary Kirsten to replace Trevor Bayliss as head coach
England are keen on appointing former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten as the head coach of the national team. Trevor Bayliss' successful stint as England's head coach came to an end after the conclusion of the Ashes 2019 which saw Australia retain the Ashes after drawing the five-match series 2-2. England bid farewell to Bayliss after the series bringing an end to a four-year-long association with the Australian, who led the hosts to their maiden World Cup triumph earlier this year.
After becoming a force to reckon with in the limited-overs format, England are now looking to attain similar domination in Tests and have made longest-format of the game their priority after failing to claim the Ashes. England's Director of Cricket Ashley Giles views Kirsten as one of the suitable candidates for the job and will be beginning formal talks with the former Indian head coach in days to come.
According to a report, Kirsten's name is high on the list of the probable candidates to replace Bayliss. Kirsten has previously expressed his desire to coach England's ODI team but Giles is keen on appointing him as the head coach across formats. The South African might also be offered two assistant coaches by the England Cricket Board to ease his workload.
Kirsten is one of the highly-rated coaches in world cricket at the moment having worked with the likes of India, South Africa and several other Indian Premier League sides. The former South African cricketer guided India to World Cup triumph in 2011 after propelling South Africa to the number one spot in the Test rankings. Kirsten has also coached Delhi Capitals (Formerly Daredevils) and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
After an eventful start to their World Test Championship campaign against Australia in the Ashes, England will next travel to New Zealand for a full-fledged tour consisting of five T20Is and two Test matches. The ECB announced England's squads on Monday snubbing Jonny Bairstow from Tests and resting Ben Stokes from T20Is.