Sri Lankan cricket legend Chaminda Vaas has praised England’s selection of Australian Trevor Bayliss as their new coach but still predicts they will struggle to win the Ashes, the Courier Mail reported.
Vaas played two seasons under Bayliss when he coached Sri Lanka. Vaas retired from international cricket in 2009.
The 41-year-old, who took a combined 755 wickets in Tests and One Day Internationals, said the former NSW and Sydney Sixers coach knew how to get the best out of players.
“I think it’s a great thing for England to have Trevor as coach,’’ Vaas said. “While I was coached by him I think most of the players in the team benefited from it.
“I believe he knows how to get the best out of players and I think he will do a good job for England.’’
Vaas said Bayliss’ greatest attribute was creating a good team chemistry.
“He’s really good at trying to keep the team together and he has good relationships with players,” he said.
“Also he works well with individuals, which is different from coaching the team, and he will get the best out of them to help them win games.’’
With England coming off a 5-0 whitewash in the last Ashes series in Australia, Vaas said Bayliss’ appointment gave them a better chance of causing Michael Clarke’s team some problems.
“It’s still going to be very tough,” he said. “I think England will come hard at Australia but I know as an opponent how tough it is to play against Australia because they are very tough. They never give up and always give 100 per cent.
“I think it’s going to be a good contest between both teams.”
Vaas was in Brisbane completing his level three in coaching and also spent several days at the Wynnum Manly club doing sessions with junior and senior players.