Bayliss keen for Jayawardene return

Mahela Jayawardene will make a return to the England coaching setup if head coach Trevor Bayliss has his way.

Trevor Bayliss is eager to utilise Mahela Jayawardene's expertise again by welcoming the Sri Lanka great back into the England coaching setup.

Jayawardene was employed as a batting consultant by Bayliss on a short-term basis in the United Arab Emirates but flew home after the draw against Pakistan in the first Test.

The 38-year-old worked alongside batting coach Mark Ramprakash, sharing his invaluable knowledge of what it takes to succeed with the bat on pitches in Asia.

Bayliss knows all about Jayawardene's qualities after working with him during his time in charge of Sri Lanka and the England head coach will speak to director of cricket Andrew Strauss with a view to enabling his players to benefit further from his words of wisdom.

"We’d love to have him back so I’ll have to speak to Straussy about that," said Bayliss.

"The boys enjoyed him. I think he gave all of our players a little bit of a different perspective on things; a different way of thinking about how to play the game in Asian conditions.

"He’s a very down-to-earth, normal bloke. The guys were having a joke with him, taking the mickey out of him at the end and he was doing the same with them. To be honest, within a day or two it was like he was one of the team."

The second Test in the three-match series between Pakistan and England starts in Dubai on Thursday.