LONDON (AP): England has hired Trevor Bayliss as its new head cricket coach, and the Australian will take charge of the side for the first time in the opening Ashes test.
The 52-year-old Bayliss, who led Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final, says "it is an honor to be appointed England coach" and that "what particularly excites me about the role is the opportunity to work with an extremely talented group."
Bayliss currently coaches domestic Australian cricket side New South Wales. The first Ashes test against Australia starts July 8.
England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss says Bayliss "has an outstanding record" and he "has shown how to build winning teams in all three formats."
Strauss sacked Peter Moores as England's head coach earlier in May.