Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Trevor Bayliss says England's batting must improve for Ashes Tests

Trevor Bayliss says England's batting must improve for Ashes Tests

Jonny Bairstow of England wears a Poppy for Remembrance Day during day four of the four day tour match between the Cricket Australia XI and England at Adelaide Oval on November 11, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

But none of them could go above the mid-sixties and the visitors also showed a tendency to lose early wickets.

"They have only been bowling in the nets for a week or two so we were a bit concerned about them in a four-day game". It was attritional at times but that's the game we had to play.

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"The batsmen realise they have got to do better and they are working hard to do that", he added.

In a major boost to the England cricket team, all-rounder Moeen Ali has been deemed fit for the final practice match against Cricket Australia XI. "By all accounts the wicket in Townsville is a pretty good one". It's quite flat", Australian Bayliss said."Hopefully that will help our batters make some big scores. "Sixties aren't enough. We need 160s".

"Our more inexperienced batters have actually spent some time in the middle".

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England coach Trevor Bayliss is concerned by his batsmen's tendency to collapse and says starts will need to be converted into centuries if the touring side are to win the Ashes series against Australia. The Somerset paceman finished with three for 15 off 11 overs to share the wickets among the pace battery.

"I think England's batting is vulnerable, absolutely", he said.

"I m sure he would have preferred to have scored a few, but a guy with that experience has been through periods (like that) before", he said.

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"It's a concern for any individual batter, I suppose, at different times through their career, but with Cook having played nearly 150 Tests, I'm sure he's been through this before".

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