England’s head coach Trevor Bayliss said that he is very confident about the success of his side. England, after a dominant show in the first Test against Pakistan, would definitely carry the momentum going into the second test match. Bayliss, who recently took over as England’s coach felt that the players were peaking at the right time. Bayliss said that he was proud of England’s performance in the first test and felt that they did terrifically well to fight back after being in the field for close to two days.
“I think it’s a sign for the boys that they are not only able to compete but that, maybe with a little bit more luck or a little bit more time, they are able to win and play some good cricket here on these slow, turning wickets,” said Bayliss. “I suppose at the end of the day it was unfortunate we couldn’t get up to win but I thought the team performed very well throughout that five days,” he added.
Bayliss also said that he did not have any complaints with the rules and regulations regarding calling off play depending upon the light factor. “Everyone is aware of the rules,” said Bayliss. “We went off the night before about four or five minutes before on Friday, so we’re comfortable, we know they’re the rules – and everyone has got to abide by them.”I am sure it’ll be in our favour one day somewhere along the line – so yes, I’m happy with those rules.”
The England coach also heaped praises on skipper Alastair Cook, who batted for 836 minutes in the heat of the Gulf. “It is just an unbelievable will to concentrate for that long. It is just an unbelievable effort. There are some very good players in both teams … but for someone to bat like that from the top of the innings – I think he spent over four days on the field – his powers of concentration are just superb.”
“It’s not the first time he’s done it, so it really wasn’t a surprise he was able to bat that long,” said Bayliss. “At lunchtime on the second day, if you were going to guess which team had a good chance of winning it, it may not have been England. But the boys showed a lot of characters, and if you stay in it; you have a chance of winning,” Bayliss said.