The Yorkshire Post – CAPTAIN Joe Root has launched an impassioned defence of under-fire head coach Trevor Bayliss as England seek to square their two-match series against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley.

Summary

  • CAPTAIN Joe Root has launched an impassioned defence of under-fire head coach Trevor Bayliss as England seek to square their two-match series against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley.
  • Bayliss admits that he is under pressure going into the game, but Root made clear: “I don’t see why there’s a need for a change.
  • Strauss could have chosen to split the coaching roles following a wretched Test winter, with Bayliss having announced that he is leaving at the end of next season in any case, but the Test team is not in a good place leading into Headingley.
  • Although the feeling persists that England are a fair-to-middling side, liable to the ups and downs typical of the ilk, Root insisted: “We’ve got some very talented players across all departments.
  • Commenting on Stokes’s situation, Root said: “After a fitness test we’ll have a clear idea of what we can do.


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