June 15, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s new coach Trevor Bayliss Friday said he was hopeful that the island could win the next World Cup. Bayliss, 44, was picked Thursday night to replace another Australian, Tom Moody, who quit last month to work with Western Australia after having guided Sri Lanka to the World Cup final.
“Sri Lankans are a pretty good side,” he told reporters after signing a two-year contract.
“I see no reason why they cannot win the next World Cup if they maintain their hard work, which put a lot of teams under pressure in the last World Cup,” Bayliss said.
He was picked over fellow Australian Terry Oliver and became the fifth Australian and the first non-international cricket player to coach the Sri Lankans following Dav Whatmore, Bruce Yardley, John Dyson and Moody. Bayliss played 58 first-class matches for New South Wales as a middle-order batsman from 1985 to 1993 before making his mark as the state coach when he took over from Steve Rixon during the 2004-05 season.