Trevor Bayliss set to take charge of London Spirit

Interim appointment expected in wake of Shane Warne's death

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
Eoin Morgan talks with Trevor Bayliss during Match 8 of IPL 2020, Abu Dhabi, September 26, 2020

Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss at the 2020 IPL  •  BCCI

Trevor Bayliss is set to be appointed as London Spirit's men's head coach in the Hundred, linking back up with Eoin Morgan after four successful years together with England's white-ball sides.
Bayliss, who was England's coach during the white-ball revolution from 2015 to 2019 that saw them go from a group-stage World Cup exit to world champions, is understood to have been offered the job on an interim basis for the 2022 edition of the Hundred.
The late Shane Warne, who died suddenly at the age of 52 earlier this month after a heart attack, was Spirit's coach in the inaugural season of the Hundred. A state funeral for him will be held at the MCG on March 30, with the date for the Hundred's draft pushed back to April 4 as a result.
Spirit will make the first pick in the draft after finishing last in 2021, with David Warner - who was dropped as captain by Bayliss' Sunrisers Hyderabad during last year's IPL - among the overseas players who will be under consideration for selection.
Bayliss has since left Sunrisers after two seasons as their head coach, most recently coaching Sydney Thunder to the knockout stages of Australia's Big Bash League. He is also among the contenders to replace Justin Langer as Australia head coach.
Morgan will continue to captain Spirit in 2022, with Glenn Maxwell, Mason Crane, Dan Lawrence, Adam Rossington, Ravi Bopara, Blake Cullen and Brad Wheal all retained from last year's contract list and Zak Crawley and Mark Wood both available when their England Test commitments allow.
The ECB is expected to confirm the news - initially reported by the Evening Standard - early next week. The draft will be held behind closed doors on April 4, with picks announced the following day.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98