Trevor Bayliss rates himself five out of 10 for his England tenure
Trevor Bayliss (AFP Photo)

Outgoing England coach Trevor Bayliss is a hard marker and doesn’t spare himself either. He has rated his tenure with the England team a middling five out of 10 despite coaching them to a maiden ICC Cricket World Cup triumph earlier this year.

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Bayliss took over the reins after England’s worst ever performance at the world cup – in 2015 when they exited in the first round itself. Since then he oversaw a massive change in their approach to white-ball cricket, especially ODIs, that culminated in glory at Lord’s.

“I’m a hard marker so I’ll say five,” Bayliss was quoted as saying by Daily Mail. “I give the guys four, five and six for their fielding because there’s always room for improvement. If you give them eight, nine or 10 there’s no scope to get better.”

Bayliss’ harsh assessment of himself might also have to do with how England progressed in Test cricket during his time. Under his watch, England won 26 and lost 27 Tests while seven ended in a draw. The Australian would have hoped to leave with the double of Ashes win but Australia have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead with just one match remaining.

“I’m a traditionalist. I prefer Test cricket. I’ve been lucky enough to be in charge of a few white-ball teams that have done well and that was the biggest area England had to turn around when I arrived here,” Baylis said of his stint.

He added, “The way they played in the 2015 World Cup made a big deal of us having to do better and that became the focus. But when Straussy rang me the priorities were 50-50 for white-ball and Test cricket. The ultimate was to win both trophies this year but unfortunately that was not to be.”

Bayliss was recently announced as the new coach of Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. He insists this is the right time for a change. “It’s the natural time to go. I’ve never spent more than four or five years anywhere whether I’m doing well or not. It’s time for the lads to hear a new voice. You never want to become part of the problem and sometimes if you can stay too long that’s what can happen,” he said.