Bayliss set to coach Sri Lanka

Australian Trevor Bayliss has been named as the new coach of the Sri Lanka national team.

Australian Trevor Bayliss has been named as the new coach of the Sri Lanka national team.

The 44-year-old will replace compatriot Tom Moody, who resigned following the recent World Cup in the Caribbean.

Bayliss, currently coach of state side New South Wales, has agreed a two-year contract and will take over in August.

Trevor Penney and Rumesh Ratnayeke will be in temporary charge of the side for the home series against Bangladesh, which starts later this month.

Penney was Moody's assistant and will join him in Western Australia before the start of their next domestic season.

Bayliss emerged as a candidate for the job a fortnight ago with the full backing of New South Wales chief executive Dave Gilbert.

"We don't want to lose him, but we realise he is very ambitious and in the long term, he wants to coach Australia," he said.

Samantha Algama, media manager for Sri Lanka Cricket, told BBC Sport that Bayliss and Terry Oliver, the coach of another Australian state side, Queensland, were the only two people interviewed for the job.

She said Bayliss had given a very impressive presentation about his plans to a panel of former Sri Lanka players, including Aravinda de Silva, Ranjan Madugalle and Duleep Mendis. - BBC

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