Alastair Cook-led England had no answer to Bangladesh spinners (especially Mehedi Hasan) in the Dhaka Test as they lost all their 10 wickets in a single session in their second innings, as the hosts registered their first ever Test win against the Poms.
Coach Trevor Bayliss knows his team can’t quick fix their problems against spin but hopes the experience gained against Bangladesh will help them in the five-Test series against India, starting next week.
“I think, from a batting point of view, there’s been some good signs during this series. We don’t come across those types of wickets very often at all, or at all. The only thing you can do is experience it more often. There’s no quick fix but, as we saw, there were batters in the two Tests that were able to bat for a period of time and score runs,” said Bayliss.
“If they can do it once they’ve got it in them but it’s just about doing it more often and more consistently and learning from those innings,” he added.
In four innings in Bangladesh, Joe Root’s average of 24.50 was the highest of England’s top five in the order, with Cook, Ben Duckett and Moeen Ali all averaging in the low 20s.
Gary Ballance could manage only 24 runs in total, recording single-digit scores, and the 26-year-old’s position at four in the order would come up for discussion, according to Bayliss.
“I’m sure that will be one of the things we discuss,” said the 53-year-old.
“It was one of the things we discussed before the series started, the different options we have available to us going forward, so that we weren’t surprised by anything. There will be a number of players that we will be discussing and what we might think is our best and strongest team,” he concluded.
England will play five Tests against India, starting November 9. In January, they’ll again come back to India for ODI and T20 series.