June 26, 2018 / 6:05 AM / in 2 months

Bayliss backs Farbrace to succeed him as head coach

(Reuters) - England head coach Trevor Bayliss has tipped his assistant Paul Farbrace to take over at the helm when he steps down form the role after next year’s Ashes series against Australia.

Cricket - England v Australia - Fifth One Day International - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - June 24, 2018 England head coach Trevor Bayliss during the warm up Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Farbrace will take charge of the team in their Twenty20 matches against Australia (Wednesday) and India (next month), allowing Bayliss to take a breather to watch county cricket.

“Definitely. If that’s what he (Farbrace) wants to do, then I’m all for it,” Bayliss told reporters when asked if the former Kent wicketkeeper could succeed him on a permanent basis.

“He’s had success doing it before. This is an opportunity to get that experience.”

Bayliss, who helped Sri Lanka to a runners-up finish in the 2011 World Cup, will look to go one better when England host the showpiece tournament next year.

Reporting by Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien

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