Trevor Bayliss set to succeed Justin Langer as Australia head coach | Ashes 2021-22

Trevor Bayliss, the former World Cup-winning England head coach, has become the internal favorite to take over the Australian men’s team if Justin Langer’s contract is not renewed after the Ashes.

The Guardian understands that Bayliss is the preferred candidate to be the next head coach among current support staff and senior players after a 12-month spell that has been successful on the pitch but has seen Langer’s methods questioned in the wings.

Reports from sources of player dissatisfaction with the 51-year-old’s allegedly intense and volatile approach first surfaced after the 2-1 loss to India last January and led to several playoffs. of talks in the clear. Cricket Australia even released a statement last August supporting the head coach, who is on contract until June 2022.

But as Langer’s recently voiced renewal hopes appeared to be bolstered by Australia’s surprise T20 World Cup victory and the Ashes’ current 3-0 score ahead of this week’s fifth test in Hobart, Pat Cummins , the captain of the test, in particular refused to discuss the case after the victory in Melbourne.

Cummins said, “We will all sit down together after this round or whenever his term is up. His contract is due for renewal in a few months and we will take care of it then. “

Andrew McDonald, the popular assistant coach, is seen by many in Australian cricket as a future head coach of the men’s team and has benefited from the fact that the previously active Langer has been forced to delegate more responsibility to his staff support from discussions with players.

But over the course of Ashes’ current run, a belief developed in the setup that the more experienced Bayliss would serve as the ideal immediate successor to Langer given his track record of setting up relaxed player-led environments.

Justin Langer recently led Australia to a surprise T20 World Cup triumph and retain the Ashes, but his contract is not expected to be renewed. Photograph: Chris Hyde / Getty Images

Bayliss, 59, remains extremely popular with the large New South Wales faction of the Australian dressing room since his previous two stints as coach on the state side – most recently from 2013 to 2015 – and also has close ties to its most prominent member, Cummins, via Penrith. Cricket club.

Since stepping down as England head coach in 2019 – a four-year stint that brought in a victory at the Ashes in 2015 and the World Cup four years later – Bayliss has worked on the circuit of the T20 franchise and currently leads the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

When asked about his ambitions last June, Bayliss told the Sydney Morning Herald: “The only full-time job I would consider in the future if he came up would be Australian work. But I’m very happy to coach two or three of the franchise teams around the world.

Australia’s performance director Ben Oliver said a consultation process on the head coach’s role involving players and staff would begin after the Ashes concluded, but played down suggestions to split the role. by format.

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