Island Cricket

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bayliss targets his former charge

One of Trevor Bayliss' tasks as Sri Lanka's coach is working out a way to ruin the international re-entry of a player he worked so hard with to earn an Australian spot. Phil Jaques, who will open with Matthew Hayden on Thursday, has been closely monitored by Bayliss since he was in the New South Wales Under-19 squad and the pair was operating together in the state's senior team as recently as March.

Sri Lanka enlisted Bayliss as Tom Moody's replacement three months later and his jump into the international arena was made more interesting by his intimate knowledge of Australia's Sydney-based contingent of Jaques, Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Brett Lee and Stuart MacGill. Jaques has been a stop-gap measure in two Tests but he has a chance for an extended run after being promoted into Justin Langer's old position. Bayliss is trying to make him fail.

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