16 Nov

Eoin Morgan defends Trevor Bayliss before one-day series against Australia

first_imgEngland cricket team England seek ODI redemption against Australia after one-sided Ashes Ashes 2017-18 Though fortunes in the longest form have stuttered during Bayliss’s tenure, despite 2015’s Ashes success and a series victory in South Africa, the 55-year-old has rejuvenated England in limited-overs cricket. Appearances in the World T20 final in 2016 and the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals in 2017, while ultimately disappointing, have been steps in the right direction.This week the vice-captain, Jos Buttler, praised Bayliss for liberating England. Now the captain has echoed those sentiments: “He has been brilliant for us,” Morgan said. “As a coach the one attribute he has is the ability to take the pressure away from any player at a time when you need it and that has helped me massively.”The five-match series presents England with a chance to test the limits of their carefree approach against the world champions before next year’s home World Cup. Australia may go into the opener at the MCG as favourites but Morgan has vowed to stick to the approach Bayliss has cultivated. “We are going with the mantra that we always need to be on top of our game and testing the opposition the whole time. We have done that a bit with the bat, we will try and continue taking wickets with the ball. This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup. To be in that space you need to be setting or bucking trends or being able to adapt. We are very open-minded with the way we are going. Also the best way to address it is to be on the front foot.”One luxury afforded to Morgan is clarity on Ben Stokes. The all-rounder will play no part in the ODIs as he waits to hear whether he faces any charges for the incident in a Bristol street in the early hours of 25 September. So far he has missed two ODIs against West Indies and the five Ashes Tests. He has been named in the T20 squad for the tri-series with Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Test series against the latter which takes place in March.“Ben is a fantastic player,” said Morgan. “We will miss him but we know he is not going to be part of this series so we can address the balance of this side. It gives clarity to everybody in the team. It creates a lot more calm around the periphery.”Meanwhile, Morgan confirmed that a decision on Alex Hales’s return will be made on the morning of the first ODI in Melbourne. While cleared of any wrongdoing by police for his part in the Bristol incident, his suspension allowed Jason Roy to return as opener in England’s XI against West Indies. Roy took his chance, hitting 84 and 96 alongside Jonny Bairstow. An internal ECB disciplinary hearing will not take place until Stokes’s legal case has concluded, which has allowed Hales to return to international duty. Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp news Since you’re here… Eoin Morgan has defended his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, before England’s ODI series against Australia. After a humbling 4-0 defeat in the Tests to relinquish the Ashes, Bayliss has come under fire for the manner in which England were unable to land a telling blow on the hosts.Since Bayliss took over in May 2015, England have won only 15 of his 38 Tests in charge (along with 18 losses and five draws). While calls for his position to be reviewed were met with resistance by the ECB chairman, Colin Graves, and the chief executive, Tom Harrison, Bayliss revealed he will not be seeking a new deal when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 summer.Bayliss’s announcement caught some off guard but Morgan responded in typically bolshy fashion when asked if he was one of them. “TB has been brilliant,” England’s limited-overs captain said. “I don’t know why this is news. 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