Eng­land vic­tory rings hol­low

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

ENG­LAND may have jumped over Aus­tralia in the Test rank­ings af­ter cruis­ing to a se­ries vic­tory over South Africa but even coach Trevor Bayliss knows they are a long way off Ashes ready.

In a se­ries dom­i­nated by bowlers, English all- rounder Moen Ali spun the home team to a 3- 1 se­ries win at Lords with five se­cond in­nings wick­ets and 25 for the se­ries in which the Proteas passed 350 just once, and Eng­land made the only score over 400. Eng­land are now third in the rank­ings and Aus­tralia fourth but the English top- order, apart from new cap­tain Joe Root, showed lit­tle to in­stil any faith that they could sur­vive an all- out Aussie as­sault this sum­mer.

Bayliss couldn’t avoid declar­ing changes needed to be made de­spite his team’s tri­umph and opener Keaton Jen­nings, who av­er­aged just 15.87 against South Africa, isn’t likely to sur­vive.

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