England were simply spectacular in the Boxing Day test at Durban as Alastair Cook’s side bossed the Proteas in their own backyard. England gelled well as a unit and they went about their tasks with precision. England coach Trevor Bayliss though is not taking success to his head, as he has a message for his side. Bayliss has made it clear that he needs more aggression from the English top order.
“Ultimately, I’d like to see two of the top three guys as attacking-style batters,” Bayliss said. “I just think if you have a couple of attacking guys up the top it puts pressure on the opposition a lot easier.”If you’ve got three who don’t necessarily get on with it you can be half-an-hour before lunch at 0 for 30, you happen to lose two and it’s 2 for 30 two hours in. If you’ve got guys who can play their strokes and get on with the game, if you lose a couple before lunch you’re 80, 90 or 100,” Bayliss said.
“Having said that, in Test cricket there is a role for someone who is able to get through those tough periods and make hundreds. We’d take that. I think with our team at the moment, with the middle order we’ve got – a lot of guys that play shots – if those guys can bat around Cook and Compton that could be the way ahead for us,” said an optimistic Bayliss.
Praising pacer Steven Finn for his efforts, Bayliss said, “He has bowled extremely well. He’s been around a while but he’s only 26. He’s one of those young players on the way up and his next three, four, five years could be very, very good. When he hits the seam and a good length he’s tough to play. It made it very difficult for the batters.”