Sydney Thunder has appointed Trevor Bayliss as the club’s Head Coach for the next three KFC Big Bash League seasons.
The 58-year-old is a highly successful coach who has experience leading both international and franchise T20 teams.
Bayliss’ extensive career has seen him coach England to its maiden World Cup victory and guide the Kolkata Knight Riders to two Indian Premier League titles, in addition to being at the helm when the Sydney Sixers won the inaugural KFC BBL season.
He replaces Shane Bond who stepped down in April for family reasons.
Bayliss, who lives in Sydney’s western suburbs and is a life member of Penrith Cricket Club, said he’s excited by the promising future of the club.
“It’s great to be home and involved in New South Wales cricket,” said Bayliss.
“The Thunder have done well over the last few years… Hopefully we can go one or two steps further this summer. To win as many matches as possible and compete in the Final is my number one goal.
“Hopefully this year we can get some crowds back into the matches and making plenty of noise.
“My experience over the years is that these players are at their best when there is some good atmosphere around the match so hopefully, we can put on a good show for the fans.”
Cricket NSW Head of Male Cricket, Michael Klinger, said Bayliss is a perfect fit for the role.
“Cricket NSW are really excited to have Trevor Bayliss on board as the Head Coach of Sydney Thunder,” said Klinger.
“His experience as both an international and franchise T20 coach around the world is a great asset for the club and will be a fantastic resource for both the playing squad and coaching group.
“Trevor will continue to shape the squad which will include selecting a new captain and with the addition of quality overseas players.
“Trevor is from Western Sydney himself, so not only is he a quality coach and person but he comes from the heartland of the Sydney Thunder.”
Sydney Thunder BBL Squad
Head Coach: Trevor Bayliss
Contracted for BBL|11: Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
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