Sydney, May 27: Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann said on Wednesday that the appointment of Trevor Bayliss, also an Australian, as the new coach of the English cricket team will make Australia's task of winning the Ashes harder.
Bayliss, 52, succeeded Peter Moores as England's coach on Tuesday and the home series against Australia will be his first series. The former coach of Sri Lanka who helped the team reach the 2011 World Cup final is not a stranger to Lehmann or Australia. Nine of Australia's members for the upcoming Ashes series have played under him at the New South Wales in the past. [England crush New Zealand by 124 runs in 1st Test at Lord's]
Bayliss then took over as the coach of the Australian T20 side that beat South Africa last year while Lehmann continued as the coach of the Test squad. He successfully coached the Kolkata Knight Riders between 2012 and 2014 when they won the Indian Premier League title twice.
Bayliss also coached the Sydney Sixers between 2011 and 2015 and won the Australian Big Bash and Champions League. As the coach of England, Bayliss will look to avenge the 0-5 loss that England had suffered against Australia in the Ashes series of 2013-14.
The first Test between Australia and England begins on July 8. England are in a good form as was evident from their 124-run win over New Zealand in the just-concluded first Test at the Lord's.
Lehmann and with former Australian bowlers Brett Lee and Shane Warne praised Bayliss with Lehmann and Lee saying that England were fortunate to have him at the helm.