Cricket: Australia's Bayliss appointed England head coach

Then Sri Lanka cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss speaking at a press conference in Colombo during the cricket World Cup on Feb 18, 2011. Bayliss has been appointed the new head coach fro England's cricket team, the England and Wales Cricket
Then Sri Lanka cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss speaking at a press conference in Colombo during the cricket World Cup on Feb 18, 2011. Bayliss has been appointed the new head coach fro England's cricket team, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP  

LONDON (AFP) - Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the new head coach of England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach succeeds the sacked Peter Moores, having been preferred to his compatriot Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, who was the initial favourite for the job.

"Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game," said the ECB's director of cricket Andrew Strauss in a press release.

Currently coach of New South Wales, Bayliss will take charge of England in time for the start of their home Ashes series against Australia in July.