Trent Johnston, the former Ireland captain and fast bowler, was on Tuesday (July 14) appointed New South Wales’ new head coach, replacing Trevor Bayliss who left to take charge of England.

Australian-born Johnston, who had been interim coach since Bayliss was appointed to the England job in May, beat off a string of contenders, reportedly including Chandika Hathurusingha, the Bangladesh coach.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I am ready to take this next step in my career,” said Johnston. “I am passionate about cricket, I am passionate about coaching and I am passionate about NSW.”

Johnston, 41, old made his first-class debut for NSW alongside Brett Lee in 1999 before moving to Ireland for family reasons.