Sri Lankan news October 25, 2010

Trevor Bayliss plans to stand down after World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Trevor Bayliss intends to quit as the coach of Sri Lanka after next year's World Cup, having spent three years in the role. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Bayliss, the former New South Wales coach, was keen to spend more time with his wife and teenage children, who still live in Sydney.

"I'm on the lookout [for a new job]," Bayliss told the paper. He is in Sydney with the Sri Lankans ahead of their limited-overs series against Australia, which begins with a Twenty20 in Perth on Sunday followed by three one-day internationals.

The matches are part of Sri Lanka's preparations for the World Cup, which they will host in conjunction with India and Bangladesh starting next February. Last time the tournament was held in the subcontinent Sri Lanka emerged triumphant, and Bayliss is optimistic of their hopes in 2011.

"They've got a good chance in this World Cup coming up, and I'm looking forward to it very much," Bayliss said. In his time as Sri Lanka's coach, Bayliss has helped the team win 11 out of 25 Tests and 41 of 78 ODIs, and they now sit third in the ICC Test rankings and fourth in the one-day international list.

A former batsman who played 58 first-class matches for New South Wales, Bayliss took on the role as the state's coach in 2004-05. He was chosen to replace Tom Moody at the helm of the Sri Lankan side in August 2007.

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