Joe Root: Trevor Bayliss gives England advantage in Ashes

Joe Root
Joe Root was named England vice-captain in May
Second Test: England v New Zealand
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England batsman Joe Root says new head coach Trevor Bayliss will give the side an "advantage" in this summer's Ashes.

The 52-year-old Australian this week succeeded Peter Moores, whose second spell ended in a sacking in early May.

"He has a great reputation wherever he has been in the world and has had success," said Root ahead of Friday's second Test against New Zealand.

"He has worked with nine of the Australia squad before so that will be an advantage for us."

The five-Test Ashes series against Australia starts at Cardiff on 8 July.

Trevor Bayliss's coaching honours
Sri Lanka: World Cup finalists (2011), World Twenty20 finalists (2009)
New South Wales (two spells): Sheffield Shield winners (2005, 2014)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Indian Premier League winners (2012, 2014)
Sydney Sixers: Big Bash League winners (2012), Champions League T20 winners (2012)

Before accepting the England role - which he had turned down twice, according to former New South Wales colleague Geoff Lawson - Bayliss was combining coaching roles with New South Wales in Australia and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

Bayliss led Sri Lanka to the World Cup final and World T20 final during his spell in charge between 2007 and 2011, and has won two IPL titles with the Knight Riders.

Sydney Sixers also won the Big Bash and Champions League T20 under Bayliss in 2012.

"I have never met Trevor so it will be a pleasure to do that," said Root, who made 98 and 84 as England beat New Zealand by 124 runs in the first Test at Lord's.

"More than anything, it is pleasing to be able to get the chance to work with someone who is so experienced in international cricket and domestic too."

'Stokes desperate to do well for England'

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes was voted as man of the match against New Zealand

Ben Stokes, playing only his 10th Test, was named man of the match in the series opener after hitting 92 and 101 - the fastest Test century at Lord's, off 85 balls - and taking 3-38 during on the final day.

"He is at the start of his career and an exciting prospect," said Yorkshireman Root, who plays at his home ground of Headingley in the final Test of the two-match series.

"I have known him since I was around 13 years old and he has always been similar in how he approaches the game.

"He gives it absolutely everything on the field and you can see that in his performances.

"He is desperate to do well for England and for himself. Long may that continue."

'Cook performs under pressure'

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook has scored an England record 27 Test centuries

Captain Alastair Cook, whose position has been under threat this year, hit 162 in the second innings as England overturned a 134-run first-innings deficit before bowling New Zealand out for 220.

"Without Cook's innings, we would not have won the match, it is as simple as that," said Root.

"The way he played was exceptional and he does things that others don't want to do. It is why he is so good: he performs under pressure.

"To see him come into form in such an important summer is fantastic. He will be desperate to back that up."

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