England coach Trevor Bayliss says replacing retiring opener Alastair Cook will be “almost impossible”. Former captain Cook has confirmed he will retire from England duty after the fifth and final Test against India, which begins on Friday.
“Replacing greats of the game straight away is almost impossible,” Bayliss told the BBC.
“You hope that someone comes in and does themselves proud and goes some way to nearing Cookie’s record, and in years to come we might be speaking about whoever replaces him in the same breath.
“Not only is he one of England’s great players he’s one of the world game’s great players and his record is testament to that.”
England travel to Sri Lanka for a winter tour later this year and Bayliss says he has candidates in mind, with Rory Burns, Nick Gubbins and Joe Denly among the contenders.
He added: “All those three names have certainly been at the forefront of chats behind the scenes with series coming up.
“We’ll have to get together in the next day or so and come up with a team, not just for this Test coming forward (against India) but obviously we’ve got some important Test matches during the winter in Sri Lanka and the West Indies as well.”