Outgoing England head coach Trevor Bayliss will take charge of Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad from next year.
Bayliss had long ago signalled his intention to end his four-year tenure with England after the end of the forthcoming Ashes series, when his contract expires.
Despite leading England to World Cup glory last weekend, the Australian has not had a change of heart and he will replace Tom Moody at the helm of Sunrisers, who have England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow in their ranks.
Sunrisers said in a statement on their official Twitter account: “Trevor Bayliss, England’s 2019 World Cup winning coach, has been appointed head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad.”
PA understands the 56-year-old rejected a return to Kolkata Knight Riders and an offer from Rajasthan Royals, who count England stars Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer among their playing staff, to sign with Sunrisers.
Bayliss oversaw Kolkata’s IPL wins in 2012 and 2014, while he led Sydney Sixers all the way in the 2011-12 edition of Australia’s Big Bash League.
Sunrisers added in their statement: “He is a proven winner and we feel that his successful track record will be ideal in taking Sunrisers Hyderabad forward.”
Bayliss’ track record in the limited-overs formats was central to his hiring for England and he has overseen a period of remarkable transformation, especially in one-day internationals.
Humiliated on the global stage in 2015, they came into the recently-concluded World Cup as favourites, having stormed to the top of the ODI rankings after a change of ideology that allowed their attacking instincts to flourish.
They lifted the trophy for the first time, beating New Zealand in the final by virtue of scoring more boundaries after the teams made identical scores of 241 in their ODI and 15 in a super over at Lord’s on Sunday.
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Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders have decided to part ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and his assistant Simon Katich.
The decision brings to an end a nine-year stay with the Kolkata outfit for Kallis who took over the head coach duties in October, 2015. Under the former South Africa all-rounder, Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to reach the play-offs on three consecutive occasions but the title has continued to elude them.
In the most recent 2019 edition, the team missed out on play-off qualification after finishing fifth on the table despite making a blazing start to their campaign.
“Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family and will always remain so,” KKR chief executive Venky Mysore was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Riders brand as a global brand,” he added.
“After nine fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor and Head Coach, it’s time to explore new opportunities,” Kallis said on his part in a separate statement.
“I would to like to thank the owners, management and fellow players for many happy memories.”
No replacements for Kallis and Katich have been announced yet by Kolkata Knight Riders. The franchise are two-time champions of the IPL and managed to win the title in 2012 and 2014.
The 12th edition of the IPL is over with Mumbai Indians pipping Chennai Super Kings to the post by one run.
There was a keen battle between bat and ball throughout the IPL and we witnessed some exciting and some not so inspiring passages of play.
Here we recognise the most memorable moments of IPL 2019, with a twist.
‘Fairplay’ award: Ravi Ashwin ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler
Kings XI Punjab captain Ravi Ashwin lit a fire under the IPL by ‘Mankading’ Rajasthan Royals star batsman Jos Buttler. It was a crucial moment of the game with Ashwin not warning the batsman before going ahead with the dismissal. What’s more, Ashwin was seen halting in his delivery stride before running Buttler out, which did not go down well with most cricket experts across the world. Even Ashwin’s India captain Virat Kohli mocked Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ after taking his catch in a subsequent game.
Ashwin insists he was right to do what he did as he was not breaking any rules. Since that incident, batsmen have all but stopped backing up.
Captain Not So Cool: Dhoni argues with umpires
The match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings witnessed a truly rare occurrence – MS Dhoni completely losing his cool.
In the final over of a close chase, Ben Stokes bowled a high full-toss to CSK’s Mitchell Santner, leading umpire Ulhas Gandhe to signal a no-ball for height.
However, square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford overruled his colleague’s decision which resulted in Dhoni blowing his lid off, storming on to the pitch and pointing angrily to the umpire as he marked his protest.
Dhoni was fined half his match fee. After the game, his former India partner Virender Sehwag stated he had never seen Dhoni so emotional and charged up while playing for India.
Crash of the season: RCB
Not only was it an epic crash, the cricketing world saw it happen in slow motion. From the start, it looked like Royal Challengers Bangalore were going to have another horror run, with their exceptionally weak bowling attack and non-existent batting line-up outside Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
It came as no surprise that RCB were the first team to get knocked out of the playoff race. Kohli’s acumen as a T20 captain also came under scrutiny as another season went by with RCB failing spectacularly.
How much longer the franchise puts its faith in Kohli remains to be seen because IPL heavyweights like Rohit Sharma, Dhoni and even Ashwin have proven to be much better tacticians when it comes to picking the right squad.
Foes turn friends: David Warner and Jonny Bairstow
They are expected to be fighting it out after the World Cup in whites during the Ashes in England in opposite camps. But in India, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow teamed up to form the most devastating opening partnership.
In just nine innings, the Sunrisers Hyderabad openers went past Warner and Shikhar Dhawan’s all-time record of 731 runs for the first wicket in a season. If the two had played together throughout, maybe Sunrisers would have gone deeper into the season.
Both players will take the great form from IPL into the World Cup and it was all because of a partnership no one thought would be this good.
Superhero of the season: Andre Russell
With dodgy knees and a hurt wrist, KKR all-rounder Andre Russell inflicted a level of pain on bowlers they hadn’t endured before. Sustaining a strike rate of well over 200 throughout the season, the Jamaican hit an astonishing 52 sixes and scored more than 500 runs.
Cricket hadn’t seen such a sustained spell of power hitting against all types of bowlers. One wonders what the scenario would have been if Russell was fully fit.
He was more than handy with the ball as well, picking up 11 scalps. But Kolkata management made a mess off his batting position, pushing him down the order instead of up. By the end of the season, even Russell was forced to admonish his team’s poor decision making.
Youngest at heart: Imran Tahir
The Chennai Super Kings veteran spinner has the heart of a teenager. The 40-year-old Tahir celebrates each wicket as if it’s his first. The 12th edition of the IPL saw 26 trademark Tahir celebrations as he became one half of the two-man driving force in Chennai’s campaign along with captain MS Dhoni.
During the tournament, Dhoni revealed he had told Tahir that neither he nor Shane Watson will bother running after him to celebrate each wicket. While both Dhoni and Watson are much younger than Tahir, it’s the South African who turned out to be the livewire of CSK’s squad.