England as an ODI side, have improved vastly and there is not even an inch of a hindrance. Under the command of Trevor Bayliss as the head coach, England’s approach to limited overs has changed for the good. They are no longer the defensive side, but rather, now the English lions seem far more determined than before.
After a 3-1 series win over Pakistan in UAE, Bayliss was an ecstatic man. He said that he was simply proud of his side’s progress in ODI cricket. “We’ll take it one game and one series at a time,” said Bayliss. “Our goal is obviously a World Cup in four years’ time, but there’s no use thinking about that right now.” “They’re enjoying their cricket, they’re enjoying each other’s company and each other’s success, and it’s showing out on the field,” Bayliss added.
“There’s been some fantastic innings in this series. Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler played well, Joe Root and James Taylor have also done extremely well. Everyone in the top six has contributed more than once. So too have the bowlers and it’s added up to a fine performance,” Bayliss said.
Adding that winning away from home was an added achievement, Bayliss said, “It’s great to win away from home, especially on the subcontinent against a team like Pakistan who are playing in conditions they know very well.”They should have a lot of confidence from the way they’ve played going into the three T20 matches, knowing they can play in these conditions against this quality of opposition.”
“It’s another step on the way to that World Cup. We want to play this T20 series and win that as well as we possibly can, but it’s also a bit of a testing ground,” Bayliss concluded.