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Eng­land coach Trevor Bayliss played down Vi­rat Kohli’s com­ments that the vis­i­tors didn’t show enough in­tent with the bat to save the sec­ond Test match in Visakha­p­at­nam. Eng­land ca­pit­u­lated after the loss of cap­tain Alas­tair Cook and Haseeb Hameed who had metic­u­lously put on 75 runs in more than 50 overs. “He can say that. He’s just play­ing the game as well,” said Bayliss. “We could have been 180, or we could have been six down as well.


Eng­land lost eight wick­ets for 71 runs in the last Test

“We felt we had to have wick­ets in hand. “Yes, we’d love to have had a few more runs on the board. But some [peo­ple] have crit­i­cised us in the past for los­ing too many wick­ets go­ing for runs.” Bayliss brushed aside any thoughts that Kohli’s mind games would af­fect the Eng­land bats­men and backed them to come good as they played more games. “They’re learn­ing all the time. They’re dis­ap­pointed in there, but they’re learn­ing all the time,” he added.

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