Trevor Bayliss will speak to Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, about offering Mahela Jayawardene further spells in the senior side’s coaching set-up following the conclusion of a short-term stint as a batting consultant.
The former Sri Lanka batsman flew home after the end of the drawn first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday having worked alongside the regular batting coach, Mark Ramprakash, since the squad’s arrival in the UAE at the end of last month.
While predominantly helping the batsmen, the 38-year-old has fed into all aspects of England’s planning, dispensing advice drawn from his vast experience of playing in Asia and speaking to Alastair Cook on the art of captaining leg-spinners before Adil Rashid’s standout debut.
With three further assignments on the subcontinent in the next 12 months – the World Twenty20 is held in India next March before Test and one-day tours to Bangladesh and India at the end of the year – England could once again tap the knowledge of a player with 25,957 international runs.
“We’d love to have him back so I’ll have to speak to Straussy about that,” said Bayliss, the England head coach, who worked with Jayawardene when in the same role with Sri Lanka. “The boys enjoyed him. I think he gave all of our players a little bit of a different perspective on things; a different way of thinking about how to play the game in Asian conditions.
“He’s a very down-to-earth, normal bloke. The guys were having a joke with him, taking the mickey out of him at the end and he was doing the same with them. To be honest, within a day or two it was like he was one of the team.”
Speaking about his time in the England set-up Jayawardene told the ECB website: “I love the approach of the young guys who haven’t had a lot of experience in the subcontinent. Guys like Jonny Bairstow and James Taylor, plus Moeen Ali wants to learn and is always asking lots of questions.
“Even Belly [Ian Bell] and Cooky – they’re obviously experienced campaigners but the attitude they have is to improve. And there are naturally gifted players like Stokesy [Ben Stokes] who just enjoy these kinds of challenges.” (Courtesy The Guardian)