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IPL 2020: After England, Bayliss moves on to Sunrisers project

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on August 28, 2020
England's World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss. (AFP)

The 57-year-old, who guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to the title in 2012 and 2014, arrived in Dubai on Friday

He did it with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and he's done it with England last year. And Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping that the rub of the green will be with them following Trevor Bayliss' arrival.

There has been a change of guard at the Orange Army with the Australian tactician taking over the reins from countryman Tom Moody.

And England's World Cup-winning coach is eager to get going with his new team and make them strong contenders again in this season's Indian Premier League (IPL).

"Since last year it's been like...I just couldn't wait. Yeah, I'm looking forward to it very much," said Bayliss, as he checked into the team hotel Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.

The 57-year-old, who guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to the title in 2012 and 2014, arrived in Dubai on Friday.

Bayliss, who guided England to their first ever World Cup, will be linking up with assistant coach compatriot Brad Haddin, batting mentor Indian legend VVS Laxman and bowling mentor and spin great Muttiah Muralitharan.

And Bayliss was looking forward to working with his new backroom staff.

"It's good to have three guys with so much experience, obviously Murali and Laxman, two of the greats of the game," he said.

Bayliss, who led Sri Lanka to a runners-up finish at the 2011 World Cup, is waiting to meet-up with his new wards following the mandatory quarantine and hopes to help them continue on their successful journey.

"I have got to get to know the players first. They are all very good players. They have done well over the last few years so we have to continue that," Bayliss said.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have had a decent run in the IPL, winning it in 2016 and finishing runners-up in 2018. That aside, they also made the play-offs last year as well as 2017 and 2013.

Bayliss reckoned that the wickets in the UAE will be conducive to spin.

"Well, the wickets are a little bit slower. They can take some spin," he said.

Bayliss also had a message to all the fans of the franchise.

"Well, we have to get as good a support as we have had in the past with the Orange Army. Then it will be up to the players. They have to win and play some very good cricket," said Bayliss.

Meanwhile, Laxman said: "It is going to be a different kind of challenge but I'm sure that ultimately, we all will be equally looking forward to play the game that we love so much. And hopefully from the 29th (Saturday), we will be back on the cricket ground practicing and then once the tournament starts, we will kick off with the matches."

james@khaleejtimes.com

 


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