England won't win Ashes unless 'terrible' catching improves, says coach Trevor Bayliss

England Cricket Trevor Bayliss

Anderson, who starred in a 3-1 Ashes win in Australia in 2011/11, has always been regarded as ideally suited to swing-friendly English conditions and had an outstanding season with the 35-year-old Lancashire paceman taking 39 wickets in just seven Tests.

England were embarrassingly whitewashed 5-0 on their last Ashes tour in 2013-14 but regained the little urn at home in 2015.

England will face rivals Australia in the Ashes series which will be held in the land down under.

RNZ understands Bond's appointment will be confirmed in the next couple of days.

The former Kiwi spearhead is now on tour as head coach of the New Zealand "A" side, now away in India - with two four-day first class matches and five 50 over games scheduled.

"It's a short-term contract which ends after the NZA tour, and then he's a free agent".

"In the past we have had consultants come in".

Bond's stocks are high in world cricket after his own glittering but injury-plagued career, and his work with the Black Caps bowlers which saw Tim Southee and Trent Boult recognised as one of the world's premier pace duos under his watch. He now has a role with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, which rules him out as a long-term Gibson replacement, but the Kiwi is seen as someone who could perform exactly the role they're after in Australia.

Joe Root believes England can head into this winter's Ashes confident of achieving "something really special" after finishing his maiden summer as Test captain with two series wins.

Shane Bond (right) during his time at Black Caps bowling coach alongside Mike Hesson.

The Telegraph said a large part of Bond's role would be devising bowling plans to dismiss the Australian batsmen and making the most of the Kookaburra ball rather than specific technical coaching, something that should not be needed with a bowling group that includes the likes of veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad. England will next meet West Indies in a Twenty20 and five one-day internationals starting on Saturday.

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