Ben Stokes finds support in the form of Trevor Bayliss

Krishna Chopra / 08 September 2015

The dismissal of Ben Stokes in the second ODI raised a mountain of controversies as the England all-rounder was given out in an eerie manner. The Australian side has been continuously criticized for not withdrawing the appeal. Ben Stokes, however, is adamant to remain focused on the game and his main goal is to excel in the third ODI.

The mercurial all-rounder found great support in England’s coach Trevor Bayliss. Bayliss supported Stokes over the controversial dismissal and backed the all-rounder to come good in the remainder of the series.

“I thought Stokesy handled it very well,” Bayliss said. “In the changing room after the game he was very philosophical about it – ‘that’s the game, I’ve got to get on with it.’ From what I have heard of Stokesy before, it could have been worse, but he is certainly making strides. He is growing up, not just as a cricketer but as a person,” Bayliss said.

Bayliss continued, saying, “With guys like that, there is special attention from the opposition to try to get those emotions out of them – and certainly that is something he is beginning to learn. I said to him as we were leaving, ‘Well done, I thought you handled that very well.'”

Bayliss, who formerly mentored Steve Smith in New South Wales, admitted that Smith wouldn’t be too bothered by the incident. “Whether it was the right decision or not to call him back or keep the appeal, he’s a big boy. He’ll be able to handle that. My advice to him would be to go with your gut instinct. Not everyone’s going to like what you do 100%, no matter what decision you make. You’re always going to have enemies and friends,” said Bayliss.  

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