The England camp was simply ecstatic after winning the first Ashes test in Cardiff in emphatic fashion. There were a lot of positives from the game for the hosts, as England went about their business with a sense of clear purpose and vision. The arrival of Trevor Bayliss as the head coach seems to have done wonders already. Bayliss had recently admitted that if England as a side was to excel, then they would have to match “fire with fire”.

England performed just as Bayliss would have expected. The English looked aggressive throughout the game and despite being on the backfoot in some junctures; they kept their calm and never allowed Australia to get on top of them.

Bayliss, after the game had a message for the side. In particular, Bayliss had a message for the skipper, Alastair Cook as he asked the southpaw to play his natural game and do what he was best at. “My message to Alastair Cook is to go out and play his own way,” said Bayliss on Sunday. “Certainly, people like Alastair and ‘Belly’ have scored plenty of Test hundreds. My advice to them would be to go out and bat like you always have done. Those two guys are class players and can change their game to suit any situation. The rest of the guys can bat around them,” said Bayliss.

Bayliss also spoke about being aggressive and said, “Yes, we were talking as a group about being mentally aggressive — not necessarily trying to whack sixes and fours, but if you are mentally aggressive when those boundary balls do come along your feet are moving and you put them away.” The coach also said that the ECB had been justified in not stripping Alastair Cook off his position after failures. “I think that the decision to stick with Alastair has been justified, because his captaincy in this game was fantastic,” said Bayliss.

Bayliss also said that there was no need to rush Joe Root to captaincy. Joe Root is the vice-captain, and I’m sure he will do a good job in the future some time,” Bayliss said. “It may be a little early for him as yet, but he’s been given the job as vice-captain to learn,” said Bayliss. 6


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