Bayliss to quit as Sri Lankan coach: Report

Sydney: Australian Trevor Bayliss will quit as coach of the Sri Lankan team after next year’s cricket World Cup, reports said on Monday.

Bayliss has handed in his notice after more than three successful years coaching Sri Lanka and plans to finish up after the World Cup in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh next April, the reports said.

Bayliss, 47, said he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two children, who still live in Sydney, but he also intended to keep coaching.

“I’m on the lookout (for a new job),” Bayliss told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Bayliss took up his role with the Sri Lankans in August 2007 and became the fifth Australian to coach Sri Lanka after Dav Whatmore, Bruce Yardley, John Dyson and Tom Moody.

Under his guidance, Sri Lanka have enjoyed a win ratio of better than 50 per cent and are ranked third in Test cricket and fourth in One-Day Internationals.

“They’ve got a good chance in this World Cup coming up and I’m looking forward to it very much,” he said.

Sri Lankan-born Whatmore coached Sri Lanka to their greatest cricket triumph in 1996 when they co-hosted and won that year’s World Cup, defeating Australia in the final.

Sri Lanka are playing warm-up one-dayers ahead of their three-match ODI series and a one-off Twenty20 match against Australia next month.

Bureau Report