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March 25, 2013
Trevor Bayliss has been handed back his former job as the New South Wales state coach, after the Blues' previous administration ignored his application in 2011.
In a clear indicator of the state's new - or perhaps old - direction, Bayliss was appointed as head coach with a brief to oversee a change in the state's coaching structure, likely to include a far more comprehensive network of specialist mentors.
Bayliss and his assistant Chandika Hathurusinghe will also oversee the state's two Big Bash League teams, in a replication of the structure chosen by Victoria, where the Bushrangers head coach Greg Shipperd and his deputy Simon Helmot guide the Melbourne Stars and Renegades respectively.
The decision to appoint Bayliss was made by a panel including the former NSW captains Mark Taylor, Geoff Lawson and Stuart Clark, as the views of past players are increasingly sought by the state's administration. Michael Bevan was another applicant, and may yet be employed as a batting coach.
Two years ago Bayliss returned home to NSW after a successful stint as coach of Sri Lanka, and was eager to reclaim his former role as Matthew Mott departed. However the chief executive David Gilbert preferred to appoint the less experienced Anthony Stuart, leaving Bayliss to coach the Sydney Sixers in the BBL.
What followed were two seasons of poor results and general discontent, resulting this year in the exits of Stuart, Gilbert, the association chairman Harry Harinath and more recently the resignation of the state captain Steve O'Keefe.
Gilbert in particular was the target of sharp public criticism from the former fast bowler Brett Lee, who was called to the Cricket NSW offices for a disciplinary hearing but walked out of it with a place on a board subcommittee devised to receive advice from former players.
While a fresh chief executive is yet to be appointed, the new chairman John Warn has pushed for greater mixing between the current and past generations of players, inviting many to a function during the final Sheffield Shield game of the season against South Australia at the SCG.
"Trevor will bring experience, and most importantly, a successful track record at International level in all three forms of the game," Warn said. "The panel of Mark Taylor, Stuart Clark and Geoff Lawson were unanimous in their support of this candidate and we know that he will bring both a strong work ethic, and passion for New South Wales cricket, to the role.
"The appointment will form the first part of our coaching re-structure as we look to utilise the talents and experience that we have amongst our past players group and we see it as the first step towards returning New South Wales cricket to its position as one of the leaders in world cricket. We are also well underway in our search for a new Chief Executive and a review of our Big Bash League teams."
Bayliss will retain his other coaching job at the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, as provisions have now been made in state coaching contracts to allow a two-month window for the tournament.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets hereFeeds: Daniel Brettig
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