BAYLISS BAF­FLED BY BAT­TING

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY MIKE WAL­TERS

Dgdgdgdddd­dgdfdd dgdgdgdddd­gdgdg dgdgddgddd­gdg dgdddgddgd­g TREVOR BAYLISS ac­cused Eng­land’s bats­men of “tak­ing it too easy” as they stum­bled to­wards their World Cup clash with Aus­tralia.

Coach Bayliss was unim­pressed with the waste­ful­ness of Fri­day’s 20-run de­feat by un­fan­cied Sri Lanka, which left Eng­land sweat­ing on reach­ing the semi-fi­nals, with a hard run-in still to come. Aus­tralia, who have won four of the last five World Cup tour­na­ments, head to Lord’s look­ing to pile more pres­sure on the hosts.

Eng­land’s bat­ting wilted under pres­sure at Head­in­g­ley and baf­fled Bayliss ad­mit­ted: “I hon­estly don’t know if it was a ques­tion of nerves.

“There’s al­ways a lot of noise around the Eng­land team play­ing well for a while, but I think we just took it a bit too easy with the bat.

“We for­got about the process we go through to put part­ner­ships to­gether, and that put us under pres­sure at the back end of our in­nings. As usual we’ll learn from it and come back ready for the next game.

“We know what to expect from our next three games. We’re play­ing good teams so our minds will be on the job.”

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