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Martin Guptill...ready to halt England revival.
Eoin Morgan is relishing the
prospect of working with new
England coach Trevor Bayliss
Morgan, reappointed as Eng-
land s one-day captain by new
director of cricket Andrew
Strauss, spent two seasons with
Bayliss in the Indian Premier
League with Kolkata Knight Rid-
ers.The 28-year-old told the Eng-
land and Wales Cricket Board s
official Web site: "It s great to
have him on board. I got to know
him really well at Kolkata and
caught up with him again while
I was at the Big Bash when he
was coaching Sydney Sixers.
"He came highly recommended
at Kolkata from the guys at New
South Wales, who had worked
with him from a very young age.
"Guys like Shane Watson and
Moises Heinriques and Michael
Clarke vouched for him as a char-
acter and a coach, and working
with him was exceptional.
"He has a different approach
and a different method to any
other coach that I ve worked
with. He keeps things relatively
simple and doesn t over-compli-
cate the game---which is my line
of thinking. So I m really looking
forward to seeing him again.
"Obviously Trevor and (assis-
tant coach) Paul Farbrace have
worked together in the past and
have quite an understanding and
respect for each other.
"I think his one-day success
in particular and his record in
general speaks for itself, both in
India and in Australia, and his
Sri Lanka stuff as well.
"He s worked with Mahela
(Jayawardene) and Kumar (San-
gakkara) for quite a long time and
understands the key values of
cricket, which is great."
Meanwhile, Geoff Lawson has
hinted his New South Wales col-
league Bayliss accepted the offer
to be England coach only after
Former Australia seamer Law-
son, currently NSW s bowling
coach, claims his compatriot
agreed to take up his new position
with England in time for this
summer s Ashes largely because
he will be renewing his successful
partnership with Farbrace.
Lawson recalls that Bayliss, a
contender last year when the sub-
sequently sacked Peter Moores
took the same job for a second
time, decided the role was not
for him back then.
"He said no then, and in fact
last week he also said no again,"
Lawson told BBC Radio 4.
He claims the connection with
Farbrace, after their time together
in charge of Sri Lanka---and a
"very good offer" from the ECB
- were key factors this time for
52-year-old Bayliss, who was offi-
cially appointed on Tuesday.
"Those two worked together
way back in Kent days and Sri
Lanka," added Lawson.
"They ve got a very good work-
ing relationship, and Trevor likes
to have people around him he
knows he can trust and knows
what they can produce... (and)
they have made him a very good
"He was very happy doing his
IPL (Indian Premier League) job
six or seven weeks a year, plus
looking after New South Wales
the rest of the time.
" He had a pretty full schedule.
After about four years with Sri
Lanka he was looking to spend a
bit more time at home."
hails Bayliss arrival
"He has a different
approach and a
different method to
any other coach that
I've worked with. He
relatively simple and
game---which is my
line of thinking. So
I'm really looking
forward to seeing
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill
is confident his side can deny England
a series victory in the second Test at
Headingley, starting tomorrow.
England claimed victory in the first
match of the two-Test series, defeating
the Black Caps by 124 runs at Lord s.
Guptill believes his team-mates have
it in them to claim a win in Leeds and
preserve their unbeaten Test series
record, which stretches back over two
He said: "We re pretty confident we
can come out and square the series,
and come away pretty happy. On the
last day (at Lord s), we just didn t quite
get the batting right.
"We re going to come out this week
firing, and hope to rectify that. It was
very disappointing. Obviously, we came
over here wanting to win the series but
you ve got to be able to bounce back
Brendon McCullum s team have
shown the resilience required in the
past, and Guptill is adamant they can
do so again.
He said: "We showed against Aus-
tralia, in 2011, winning in Hobart---
bouncing back in a heavy defeat in
Brisbane. I hope we can do that again
this week, we re all raring to go for Fri-
Guptill also believes New Zealand
can find a way of stopping Ben Stokes,
who took centre stage in the first Test
triumph at Lord s.
He said: "He played a hell of a knock
the other day, and really took the game
away from us. He was unlucky not to
come away with two hundreds.
"He s turned himself into one of
England s better all-rounders, that
they ve had for a while. He s a very
aggressive player, likes to come out and
play his shots and hits it cleanly. We ll
come up with some plans to be able
to counter that this week."
Guptill confident of
South Africa have handed Test call-
ups to four uncapped players ahead
of their tour of Bangladesh.
AB de Villiers has been allowed to
skip the series---which begins with two
Twenty20 internationals in July - owing
to the birth of his first child, meaning
his run of 98 consecutive Tests will
With a two-Test series set for late
July, the Proteas have therefore given
opportunities to Reeza Hendricks, Dane
Vilas, Aaron Phangiso and Kagiso Raba-
da.For the three one-day internationals,
South Africa have largely retained the
squad that went to the World Cup ear-
lier this year, with the exception of
Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, who
Chris Morris and Ryan McLaren have
been called up in their places, while
leg-spinner Eddie Leie has been given
a maiden call-up to the T20 squad.
Cricket South Africa selection con-
vener Andrew Hudson said: "The
changes have been brought about partly
by the retirement of Alviro Petersen
and the non-availability of AB de Vil-
liers who has been granted paternity
"Reeza and Stiaan van Zyl are both
options to open the batting and Stiaan
can also be used in AB s batting position
in the middle-order.
"Dane provides us with the wick-
etkeeping cover that would normally
also be AB s responsibility.
"Aaron gives us a left-arm spin bowl-
ing option and we see this as the ideal
opportunity to involve Kagiso in the
Test team environment once again, so
he will be the back-up fast bowling
Four fresh faces for Proteas
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