No quick fix to Eng­land’s bat­ting woes, says coach Bayliss

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Eng­land coach Trevor Bayliss knows there is no quick fix to his side’s bat­ting prob­lems against spin but hopes that their re­cent ex­po­sure to con­di­tions in Bangladesh will help them in a five-test series against In­dia, start­ing next week.

Af­ter a nar­row win in the open­ing test against Bangladesh in Chit­tagong, Eng­land suf­fered an as­ton­ish­ing col­lapse on the third day of the sec­ond match at Dhaka, los­ing 10 wick­ets in a sin­gle ses­sion in their sec­ond in­nings to be all out for 164. Next up for Alas­tair Cook’s men is a test­ing series in In­dia, start­ing on Nov. 9, on spin-friendly pitches sim­i­lar to those Eng­land strug­gled with against Bangladesh. “I think, from a bat­ting point of view, there’s been some good signs dur­ing this series,” Bayliss told Sky Sports. “We don’t come across those types of wick­ets very of­ten at all, or at all.

“The only thing you can do is ex­pe­ri­ence it more of­ten. There’s no quick fix but, as we saw, there were bat­ters in the two tests that were able to bat for a pe­riod of time and score runs.

“If they can do it once they’ve got it in them but it’s just about do­ing it more of­ten and more con­sis­tently and learn­ing from those in­nings.” In four in­nings in Bangladesh, Joe Root’s av­er­age of 24.50 was the high­est of Eng­land’s top five in the or­der, with Cook, Ben Duck­ett and Moeen Ali all av­er­ag­ing in the low 20s. Gary Bal­lance could muster only 24 runs in to­tal, record­ing sin­gle-digit scores, and the 26year-old’s po­si­tion at four in the or­der would come up for dis­cus­sion, ac­cord­ing to Bayliss. “I’m sure that will be one of the things we dis­cuss,” said the 53-year-old.

“It was one of the things we dis­cussed be­fore the series started, the dif­fer­ent op­tions we have avail­able to us go­ing for­ward, so that we weren’t sur­prised by any­thing. “There will be a num­ber of play­ers that we will be dis­cussing and what we might think is our best and strong­est team.” — Reu­tres

SHAR­JAH: Pak­istani bats­man Sar­fraz Ahmed (C) plays a shot as West Indies’ wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich (R) and team­mate Dar­ren Bravo look on dur­ing the third day of the third and fi­nal Test be­tween Pak­istan and West Indies at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium in Shar­jah yes­ter­day. — AFP

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