Trevor Bayliss and David Saker have returned to the Big Bash League in the role of head coach for Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades respectively.
Trevor Bayliss, the former coach of the 2019 World Cup-winning team of England has signed a three-year contract with Sydney Thunder. He replaced Shane Bond who decided not to extend his contract with the team and spend time at home with family.
Melbourne Renegades signed David Saker in the hope that he will change the fortunes of the team. Renegades’ performance in the past two seasons was very disappointing as they played 28 matches and only won seven of them. Last two seasons, they finished at the bottom of the table. Saker has lots of experience, he has been a fast bowling coach for England, Australia, and Sri Lanka.
Both have previously been head coaches in the BBL. Bayliss was in charge of Sydney Sixers from 2011 to 2015 while Saker was coach of Renegades in 2015-16 for one campaign.
Bayliss is currently the coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is also a former New South Wales coach, and was excited at the prospect of rejoining the cricket system in the state. “It’s great to be home and involved in New South Wales cricket,” he said. “The Thunder have done well over the last few years… hopefully, we can go one or two steps further this summer.”
The first job for Bayliss is to choose a new captain following the departure of Callum Ferguson. He was not offered a new contract from management after last season. Saker’s deal is for two seasons and he is confident and happy with the players who have been retained by management, the club has done good in the last few years and they have won the title in 2018-19.
He said, ” We have got a good squad who has power and class at top of the order with a strong bowling attack unit and some promising young talent”.
“We’ll be looking to add to this group over the next few months to ensure we’ve got plenty of options when the season gets underway. “The Big Bash has continued to grow since my last involvement and it’s more competitive than ever on the field so I’m looking forward to working with the playing group”.