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New coach says Sri Lanka can win World Cup

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Sri Lanka’s new coach Trevor Bayliss on Friday said he was hopeful that the Island could win the next World Cup.

Bayliss, 44, was picked on Thursday night to replace another Australian, Tom Moody, who quit last month after having guided Sri Lanka to the World Cup final.

“Sri Lankans are a pretty good side,” he told reporters after signing a two-year contract. “I see no reason why they cannot win the next World Cup if they maintain their hard work,” Bayliss said.

He was picked over fellow Australian Terry Oliver and became the fifth Australian and the first non-international cricket player to coach the Sri Lankans following Dav Whatmore, Bruce Yardley, John Dyson and Moody.

Bayliss played 58 first-class matches for New South Wales as a middle-order batsman from 1985 to 1993 before making his mark as the state coach when he took over from Steve Rixon during the 2004-05 season.

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