Farbrace: Bayliss ‘a good man’

On a thrilling final day at the home of cricket which saw Ben Stokes add to his batting heroics with 3-38 as England stayed patient to win by 124 runs, the ECB confirmed they are in talks with 52-year-old Australian Bayliss with a view to appointing him head coach.

When asked of his thoughts on Bayliss, Farbrace told Sky Sports: “He’s an old-fashioned cricket coach. He likes working in the nets and getting stuck in. He’s very popular with the lads. He’s a quiet guy. He doesn’t say a lot but when he does, it counts.

“He’s a real enthusiast. He loves being out there doing the fielding and he’s just a good man. He’s very experienced, very knowledgeable and now he’s obviously got a lot of experience around the world with the IPL, Sri Lanka and Australia.

“I’ve said I’m happy to carry on working with the England cricket team. It’s a fantastic honour and I want to be involved, whatever the role is. Hopefully I’ll be involved.”

Reflecting on a momentous victory, Farbrace said: “It’s been a great day, hasn’t it? In a way it was really fitting as long as it did because it’s been an exciting game of cricket and an enjoyable game of cricket. Full credit to both teams for the way they played the game. It was really nice to come out on top.

“I’ve tried not to do anything differently. The other coaches and the staff have all got stuck in and the key was to try to make it as normal as possible for the players. The players have responded brilliantly to that.

“It wasn’t a case of me coming in and auditioning for the job by trying to do things differently. We’ve just tried to get on, have a lot of fun and encourage the lads to play good cricket, which they’ve done over the five days. That was something we all tried to do even under Mooresy (former head coach Peter Moores).

“This was a continuation of what had been going on and as I said, I tried to do nothing differently to what I had been. I perhaps got a little excited with a few wickets to go but I think I can be forgiven for that. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable five days and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“Stokesy will obviously take a lot of credit for the way he played, I thought Moeen Ali bounced back after a tough game in Barbados, Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Gary Ballance – there are so many of the young players who’ve done so well over a good period of time.

“At the same time, it’s really nice having the senior players. You saw the way Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson bowled and the captain’s also had a fantastic game so we know we have a good group of senior players who really give their all.

“It’s all very well talking about being a developing side but international sport is about here and now and about winning. The players come in they have a small window of bedding in but it’s important they put in performances. You saw today it’s about winning and performances.”

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