England coach Trevor Bayliss hasn’t minced words after his side’s dismal performance against Pakistan in the one-off T20I at Manchester. On a pitch considered to be good enough for batting, England’s top order was completely clueless against the accuracy of left arm spinner Imad Wasim. Openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales were both dismissed on full-length deliveries and their shot selection was pretty questionable.
Just when a recovery seemed on cards, the experienced Wahab Riaz struck thrice to strangle England. The worst aspect though was England’s attitude while defending their total of 135. Pakistan openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were all over the English bowlers and punished anything in their zone. After his side’s loss, Bayliss completely slammed his side.
“Our strength is hitting the ball and we tried to get too cute too early,” Bayliss said. “We want to win every game. You can coach all you want but it’s got to come from within. The ceiling is still very high. We’re still looking at how well we can play. We’re looking at how we can become a bit more consistent.”I thought we were very poor,” Bayliss told added. “The way we were going about it allowed Pakistan to get on top. We didn’t show urgency with our running between the wickets. We played like pretty boys there at one stage.”
Sky Sports commentator and former skipper Nasser Hussain too was furious with England for their lackluster performance. “There is a type of pattern developing. They lost their last Ashes Test, their last Test against South Africa, and again against Pakistan away and at home. They lost the last ODI and the last game of the summer.”It’s like they can’t keep their foot down and be ruthless. Remember, this is the side that was four balls away from being World T20 Champions. They were completely outplayed,” Hussain said.