10 The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 14 July 2020 *** Sport Cricket Exclusive interview giving them a free rein would mean, at some stage, they were going to stuff up. We did stuff up a few times but, as long as we learned lessons from it, it would put us in a good place,” he says. “We knew going into the World Cup we had to be in the top three teams leading into the tournament. We also had a look at the experience of previous World Cup finalists, and they normally had an average of around 75 caps, so we had to pick a team and stick with it. We knew going into that final a lot of our players had 75-plus caps, and a few 100-plus, so they had the experience. It all came together.” Morgan and Bayliss hit it off straight away. Their styles of management balanced nicely. Bayliss did not enjoy being a disciplinarian, but supported Morgan as he rewrote the team’s ethical code after Ben Stokes’s Bristol arrest. Courage, unity and respect became the team’s mantra, and Bayliss saw at first hand Morgan’s ruthlessness when he dropped Alex Hales from the squad for failing a test for recreational drugs in the lead-up to the tournament. “He [Morgan] is easy to get on with, but if you have to make a call, he can do it. That is the sign of a good captain. It is not just about the decisions you make on the field, but your decision-making off the field as well. Some of the decisions he had to make were to the benefit of the team and he gained a lot of respect because of that, not just from people outside, but players as well.” Bayliss will watch the final today, 12 months on from that dramatic day at Lord’s when he was a helpless bystander. He said few words in the moments before the super over and a year later recognises the part luck played in England’s victory. “Having been so close to losing the game, there was a real hope and belief this was set up for us now. We had been given a second chance. That does not come along often. When it does, you have to take it. “Most of my memories of that day do not necessarily revolve around the cricket, but the reaction of the crowd. How important it was for all the English crowd. You could just tell this meant something for England to win a home World Cup. Watching those replays back, it is when I hear the reaction of the crowd that takes me back. “Those four years were a special time. Something I will never forget. You make lifelong friends. Not just players, but the support staff I spent a lot of time with. I have spoken to those guys in the past few months and I’m sure that will continue for a long time.” Now he just needs to fly over and pick up his OBE. ‘What I remember most is the reaction of the English crowd’ By Nick Hoult out their method: take down the new ball; score a run a ball against spinners in the middle overs; ensure a steady, acceleration throughout the innings, rather than leaving it to a thrash at the end. Bayliss also knew the value of experience after his time with Sri Lanka when they reached the 2011 World Cup final. “The meetings we had four years out were about letting them explore the ceiling of how good they could be. In that planning, we knew that Bayliss was the quiet guiding hand brought in to help Eoin Morgan and Andrew Strauss fulfil their vision of shedding England’s conservative approach to white-ball cricket and become the most exhilarating batting line-up in the world. He had coached Sri Lanka to a World Cup final and won one-day tournaments all over the world. But he was a surprising choice by Strauss, then team director, to replace Peter Moores, with bigger names linked to the job. It was an inspired move. Bayliss is a coach without ego. He happily sat in the background, but provided vital support by allowing the players freedom to express themselves without the fear of failure that had straitjacketed so many England teams before. At the start of the four-year run to the World Cup, England mapped Trevor Bayliss, who oversaw England’s World Cup triumph, reflects on the four-year plan and that sensational super over T revor Bayliss has an unused flight ticket to London. He was booked to travel from Australia to pick up an OBE for his part in the World Cup win, but the coronavirus pandemic has put that on hold for a while, denying him the chance to catch up with his old team. Instead, Bayliss has time to live with his memories of winning the World Cup and reflect on a tournament that will define his coaching legacy. “I watch the final now and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and there is that proud feeling,” he says from his home in Sydney.
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