Bayless gets England nod ahead of Gillespie

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England have concluded their month of upheaval, in the glow of a much-needed and exhilarating Test match win, by adding Trevor Bayliss as the final piece of their new management jigsaw.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Bayliss had got the nod as the new coach, preferred after all to his compatriot Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach.

New England coach Trevor Bayliss. Photo:AP/Rick Rycroft

New England coach Trevor Bayliss. Photo:AP/Rick Rycroft

The start of his effective tenure will be delayed, even after his arrival in England next month, until he joins current caretaker and his future assistant Paul Farbrace to plot England’s bid to regain the Ashes after their 2013/14 hammering in Australia.

Before then, though, the feelgood factor created by Monday’s victory over New Zealand - replete with Ben Stokes’ fastest Lord’s century and a trademark tour de force 162 from captain Alastair Cook - means England will have no reason to fret about waiting for Bayliss.

They have every right for faith in Farbrace, who will soon be renewing his association with Bayliss following their successful partnership in charge of Sri Lanka.

Farbrace’s genial approach brought rich reward, albeit in just one Test to date, as Cook’s England recovered from a perilous position at the start of day four against the Kiwis to emerge emphatic winners by 124 runs.

More of the same will ensure the new coach inherits a spirit of optimism in time for the Ashes - and Lord’s ought not to be a false dawn, given the potential in England’s ranks.

The two-match series resumes at Headingley on Friday.