Ottis Gibson has no qualms about being tipped to replace England coach Trevor Bayliss, particularly given his contract with South Africa is to expire later this year.

Bayliss will leave his role with England when his deal comes to an end in September, having been in charge of the Test, ODI and Twenty20 teams for the past four years.

Gibson, who has twice been part of England's set up as a bowling coach, has been mentioned as a potential replacement – rumours he has no problems with.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the Proteas coach said: "My contract is up in September.

"I'm happy to be linked with any job, because after that I might not have a job.

"I enjoyed both my stints with England. I know a lot of the guys in the dressing room.

"The way they are playing at the moment, I was very much involved in that for the first two years and they have gone on [in the] two years since I left."

When Gibson – whose South Africa side face Bayliss' men in Thursday's Cricket World Cup opener at The Oval – was asked if he would enjoy working in England again, he replied: "I've been living in England for over 20 years, so that's the answer."

Trevor Bayliss is impressed with how England's bowlers were able to "raise the bar" against West Indies knowing they will be vying with Jofra Archer for a Cricket World Cup spot.

Barbados-born all-rounder Archer qualifies to play for England on Sunday and is expected to make his one-day international debut against Ireland or Pakistan in May.

England whitewashed the Windies 3-0 in the Twenty20 International series, with the likes of David Willey, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran making their mark.

Bayliss believes the imminent availability of Archer prompted the current crop of pacemen to step it up.

"It's great to see those guys raise the bar and put in the performances they did over the T20s," said the England head coach.

"With that chat about Jofra the guys we've got here have really stood up and bowled extremely well.

"What I will say is with the chat that has been around about him in the last month or two it's been good to see the response we've had from the bowlers.

"Some of the performances on this trip have been fantastic, sometimes the best pressure is from within and there hasn't been a lot of pressure on the group from a bowling point of view for a while."

 

Fast bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer will likely get a pre-Cricket World Cup audition in England's upcoming one-day internationals against Ireland and Pakistan, coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed.

Barbados-born Archer is eligible to be selected for Bayliss' team from later this month following changes to the England and Wales Cricket Board's eligibility restrictions in November, which now state anyone wishing to play for England needs only three years' residence for those moving after their 18th birthday.

With Archer having starred in limited-overs cricket across the world, he could now spearhead England's bid to win a first World Cup on home soil later this year.

England, who suffered a heavy loss in Saturday's fifth and final ODI against West Indies to draw the series 2-2, face Ireland in a one-off 50-over contest in May before meeting Pakistan in a five-match series prior to the World Cup beginning.

"Jofra Archer's name keeps cropping up and I think, at some stage, we will give him an opportunity," Bayliss said.

"Those matches against Pakistan and Ireland, I think he will get an opportunity to show us what he can do. He's said publicly that he's keen.

"He's a bowler you don't get many of - someone who is able to bowl in all three phases of the game. He can take the new ball, he can bowl through the middle and he can bowl at the end, which is a good skillset to have.

"There was a little bit of contact made during the Australian summer and there was talk a month or two ago about when the date was that he qualified. At the time, it was around 31 days that he needed to be back in the UK.

"Are the players he's competing with aware of the situation? I don't know, you'd have to ask them. There is plenty of speculation all the time in the papers and I'm sure they read that.

"The guys in the team, they've got hold of those positions and in a way it's theirs to lose. If they keep performing and doing well it's difficult to bring people in."

England are close to concluding their plans for the Cricket World Cup with the decision over Jofra Archer set to be "the final piece of the jigsaw" for head coach Trevor Bayliss.

West Indies-born Archer will qualify to play for his adopted nation in March, two months before Eoin Morgan's side kick off their bid for a first world 50-over crown against South Africa.

England, the number-one team in the ICC ODI rankings, are likely to start the tournament on home soil as favourites, while 23-year-old quick Archer could offer an extra dimension to their seam attack with his added pace.

However, that could mean disrupting what has become a largely settled squad, with the likes of David Willey, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett perhaps most vulnerable to being left out should Archer be included in the 15-man party.

And Bayliss says he and the rest of the management team are not far away from being able to lock in their selections.

"I'd say very close. We've pretty much had the same 15, 16 or 17 players over the last three or four years," he told Sky Sports.

"We could probably name a 15, there's a Jofra Archer decision to be made at a later date. I think it's getting down to that being the final piece of the jigsaw."

England's third ODI against West Indies was washed out due to persistent showers in Grenada on Monday, leaving the five-match series poised at 1-1.

And with just eight more ODIs before World Cup warm-ups against Australia and Afghanistan, Bayliss is keen to give all of his players a fair chance of making the final squad.

"It's been a bit of a juggling act," he added. "We want to have a look at one or two of the fringe guys as well. More than anything, just to give them a bit of a run out.

"I think the team that wins the World Cup will play a squad of players and whoever has got the strongest squad will go close to winning it.

"So we want to make sure some of our fringe players have played matches as well."

Chris Silverwood is in contention to succeed Trevor Bayliss as England head coach, with director of cricket Ashley Giles "99.9 per cent" certain that one person will be appointed to the role.

Giles had previously been open to the idea of employing split coaches for the Test and limited-overs teams when Bayliss leaves his role in September.

But he is now inclined to entrust the position to an individual, believing it will bring "stability in culture as well as voice".

Bowling coach Silverwood, part of a three-man team assisting Bayliss along with Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe, impressed Giles when at the helm of Essex, where he won promotion before sealing the County Championship title in 2017. 

"I'll put my cards on the table," Giles told reporters in Barbados on Thursday. "My feeling's now 99.9 per cent that we should have one coach.

"One coach gives us stability in culture as well as voice. But I see it as one guy in charge – and prepared for time off – and three assistant coaches, not just one, that work together and help share the burden. We'll see the start of that shape going into World Cup.

"Paul Collingwood will be involved in the World Cup, but he is not replacing Paul Farbrace [who leaves for Warwickshire next month]. I think having one assistant puts a lot of pressure on that person.

"Spoons [Silverwood] is a candidate, yes. Seeing what he did as head coach of Essex was remarkable. They were a bit of a shambles when he came and, in two years, he'd turned them round completely.

"And he's got a nice way about him. He's a tough bloke, with a fair amount of discipline, but he communicates really well. We know he's capable."

Joe Root implored his England team-mates to take individual responsibility for their abysmal second-Test showing against West Indies.

The Windies claimed the series by moving 2-0 up with just one game to play after a 10-wicket battering of Root's men inside three days on Saturday.

Having made just 187 in the first innings, England collapsed from 35-0 to 132 all out in the second and captain Root acknowledged the experienced players in the team fell significantly short in Antigua.

"Scoring under 200 in both innings isn't going to win you many games of cricket, so we've got to go away, learn from it and come back stronger for it," Root said.

"We just haven't scored enough runs. When experienced players aren't making scores over 50 it makes it very difficult for the rest of the guys around them.

"I think we have got to be better at what we do, or maybe do things slightly differently. The choice comes down to the individual. I can't bat for 11 guys, neither can [head coach] Trevor [Bayliss] or [batting coach] Ramps [Mark Ramprakash].

"There were a couple of disappointing dismissals that guys will have to look at individually, so we go about things maybe slightly differently in future.

"The responsibility is down to the individual, but we will stick together and work on it as a group and try and come back with a really strong response in the next Test."

Bayliss lamented the poor showing with the bat, while praising the Windies' bowling performance, but is confident England can play themselves into form ahead of a home Ashes series with Australia this year.

"It was very poor - the batting followed on from the first game and we just didn't bat very well at all," said Bayliss, who saw England hammered by 381 runs in the first Test.

"It was a difficult wicket to bat on, but we have to find a way and we haven't done that in these two Tests and they did bowl extremely well.

"In Sri Lanka, the bounce of the ball went our way. In this series, it hasn't gone our way, but we have to be better than that.

"There's a lot of cricket to be played between now and the Ashes."

Trevor Bayliss says England showed their lack of "mental discipline, guts and determination" as they were subjected to a first-Test hammering by West Indies in Barbados.

As he nears the end of his reign as head coach, Trevor Bayliss is welcoming the pressure of a World Cup and Ashes series on English soil.

The Australian was appointed to the role in May 2015, replacing Peter Moores, and has overseen a largely successful period during which the side has become the top-ranked team in ODI cricket.

Bayliss has confirmed he will not stay in the job beyond the end of his contract in September, by which time he hopes to have guided his adopted nation to World Cup glory for the first time.

After that tournament, which England will begin as favourites, Joe Root's men face Australia over five Tests as they look to reclaim the urn they lost in such devastating fashion courtesy of a 4-0 drubbing Down Under in 2017-18.

And Bayliss concedes he could hardly ask for a much greater challenge over the last few months of his tenure.

"It probably doesn't get any bigger," he said. "It's hard to pick between them. There's nothing like beating Australia in the Ashes, like we did in 2015, so hopefully we walk away with both trophies.

"Being in the space of six months and at home, that brings pressure in itself and that's what we have been working towards, playing under some pressure.

"The expectation you have yourself, that's the pressure - yes we have pressure because our expectation is to play good cricket and have a good chance of winning.

"When we get to the big stage it is out of our hands [as coaches], it's down to the guys to perform on the day. I don't think we could have done too much more."

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Trevor Bayliss says Ben Foakes' performances in Sri Lanka will see him keep the gloves ahead of Jonny Bairstow but insists competition for places can only be a good thing for England.

Bairstow missed the first Test due to an ankle injury suffered while playing football in training and was kept out of the side for the second by Foakes' brilliant debut display in Galle.

The Surrey man made the most of his chance with a century and his final tally of 277 runs was the most of any batsman in the series, while he won plaudits for his work behind the stumps.

Bairstow has made little secret of his desire to regain his spot as wicketkeeper and responded with a hundred after returning to the team to bat at three in the final match in Colombo, where he won the Man of the Match prize.

Head coach Bayliss is happy with the depth at England's disposal but added that Foakes – who was named Man of the Series – has the gloves for now.

"We don't want it to put any undue pressure on other people. It does keep the guys in the team in some of those positions on their toes," he told Sky Sports.

"In the long run for England, that's a good thing, when you've got competition for places and you've got depth. Even Jos Buttler wants to keep.

"The way Foakes has gone in this series, he'll definitely be there for the next one.

"Jonny, every time a challenge has been thrown to him, has been able to come out and score some runs. Our challenge is to find a challenge every time he comes out to bat!"

The series was the first since 2006 without former captain Alastair Cook, who retired from Test cricket in September.

Rory Burns was chosen to open with Keaton Jennings and, while England may have secured the whitewash, Bayliss says neither player has nailed down their spots.

"I don't think so. Statistics will tell a story there," he added.

"They're both still young in the Test game. Their character has been exceptional at times but, for everyone in the [team], making runs and taking wickets are what counts."

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