Daily Mail UK – England managed a solitary wicket all day in their final match action before the Ashes, but still earned the praise of coach Trevor Bayliss.
- England managed a solitary wicket all day in their final match action before the Ashes, but still earned the praise of coach Trevor Bayliss.
- Rookie batsmen Jason Sangha (133) and his Cricket Australia XI captain Matt Short (134no) shut England out for 75 overs in all, putting on a remarkable 263 together, as the inexperienced hosts racked up 364 for four on a flat pitch.
- Nonetheless, reflecting on the stalemate at the Tony Ireland Stadium as well as a resounding victory over the same opponents in Adelaide last week and another draw against a Western Australia XI in Perth, Bayliss pronounced himself satisfied with England’s warm-up campaign.
- “Over the three games we have got about as much as we possibly could,” he said, reasoning that even their unsuccessful last day in Townsville could end up being beneficial when the going inevitably gets tough at some point against Australia over the next eight weeks.
- Whoever gets the nod next week, Bayliss is promising England’s approach will be a positive one.