The Independent – UK – Trevor Bayliss believes England’s Test side are still partly trapped in a white-ball mentality.
- Trevor Bayliss believes England’s Test side are still partly trapped in a white-ball mentality.
- Reflecting on their spectacular capitulation in the second Test against the West Indies, in which England were beaten by 10 wickets inside three days to lose the series with a game to spare, Bayliss rejected criticisms that they were “soft” or lacked a culture of improvement.
- Bayliss said that while there had been plenty of talk within the dressing room of how to bat effectively in Test cricket, a number of players were still caught in between the two approaches.
- Indeed, with England crumbling to another series defeat away from home – their away Test record under Bayliss’s stewardship reads won 6, drawn 5, lost 15 – Bayliss admitted that most of the middle-order would have been dropped at some point had there been sufficient competition for places.
- In the dressing room after the end of the game, Bayliss set the players a list of questions on how England could improve collectively and individually, giving them 24 hours to think of some answers ahead of a team meeting which was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.