England news June 15, 2017

Bayliss backs his squad but 2019 spots up for grabs


Liam Livingstone is one of five uncapped players in England's T20 squad © Getty Images

Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, has challenged the next generation of England players to stake a claim for a spot in the 2019 World Cup squad although he expects most of those who took part in the Champions Trophy to be around for that tournament.

Bayliss has often spoken about the four-year plan to build to the 2019 World Cup, with the Champions Trophy seen as a stepping stone, but the manner of England's one-sided exit against Pakistan will be a dent to the confidence of a team that had surfed a wave of run-scoring.

Only two of the current squad are over 30 - Eoin Morgan and Liam Plunkett - and though there will be the natural fluctuations in form - as witnessed by Jason Roy over the last few weeks - and injuries will occur, Bayliss is keen to use the next two years to build experience.

The first opportunity for new faces to have a taste of the international scene will be the three-match T20 series against South Africa with the squad including five uncapped players: Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Tom Curran, Mason Crane and Craig Overton. The one-day series against West Indies which finishes England's busiest ever home season could be another chance to assess the depth on offer.

"I think we'd be remiss if we just said these 15 or 16 guys are going to go to the World Cup in two years' time," Bayliss said. "We've got to be sensible about it and if there is someone else who deserves to be in the team then we've got to look for that.

"We've got the Test guys having a rest here so they'll be able to play in the county match before the Test match which allows us to play some new guys and you never know, if one or two of them come up with the goods, they could find themselves in the team in two years.

"We've come a long way in the last two years and, like the fans, we'd like to win every game we play in," he added. "But the simple fact is we are still an improving side and getting to a state of play that we think we're capable of, but these guys are mostly 26 or 27 so they should be around for another five or six years."

During the Champions Trophy, England only made two changes to their team. Adil Rashid was surprisingly left out of the opening match against Bangladesh, and then Roy's lean run become too much to accommodate and he was replaced by Jonny Bairstow for the semi-final. Roy is part of the T20 squad to face South Africa and Bayliss had encouraging words for him.

"I think you'll see Roy at the top of the order a lot more for England. It was one of those situations where you've got one guy hoping to score runs and another guy who, when he comes in scores runs and is trying to prove a point, so there was a little bit of the negative-positive thing there. [Bairstow] batted reasonably again there, getting 40-odd."

Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jake Ball and Rashid have been left out of the T20 squad to enable them to play in the pink-ball round of County Championship matches at the end of the month. While Root, Moeen and Stokes are certain to feature in the Test side, it could mean that Ball and Rashid are also in the mix.

Jonny Bairstow, the Test wicketkeeper, will miss the final T20 but Jos Buttler, who was part of England's previous Test side against India in Chennai, is available for all three matches. Bayliss said it did not mean Buttler wasn't in contention to retain his spot and he will go straight from the final T20 in Cardiff to Lancashire's Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

"It is just he is so important to the T20 side," Bayliss said. "We are giving a rest to the guys who are definitely in the Test team, but a lot of the guys will play in that third match and then back it up the next day in the pink-ball game and he is one of those."

England's squad for the first Test against South Africa at Lord's is due to be named after that round of Championship matches.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sharrenstone on June 18, 2017, 3:33 GMT

    Bairstow, Moeen, Billings, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Livingstone, woakes, plunkett, wood, topley... that shud be the odi team for world cup... no hales, butler, roy, ball or rashid...pretty average players who fail often. Just need few more fast bowlers and all rounders.some players that can be tried in odi by eng- mason crane, david malan, overton, sam curran, tom smith, wayne white,

  • GWill1990 on June 17, 2017, 9:45 GMT

    @Ahsan It's a bit harsh to call England flat track bullies considering they have won in Bangladesh and pushed India close this year on Asian tracks. They also beat Pak in UAE pretty recently. The issue with England is that, when they know the pitches will be slow and low (i.e. in Asia), they tend to be fine because they expect it and play accordingly. Problems arise when they expect flat hard tracks at home, get slow ones, and can't adapt. In other words, the problem is that England aren't adapting fast enough to what's actually in front of them, rather than any glaring technical deficiencies. Still, the curators shot England in the foot with that Cardiff track - it was more Pakistani than Welsh. England of course have to play on all tracks but they should also expect to have a home advantage IMO. Anyway, on to some beautiful red ball stuff in a couple of weeks!

  •   Ahsan Afzal on June 16, 2017, 18:00 GMT

    I will say again that England has to learn playing the art of spin bowling. Albeit they are and will be simply flat track bullies. The core weakness can be over come only by playing more cricket with Team like Pakistan and that too in UAE or Pakistan pitches. India and Sri Lanka can be other options to train themselves. But in Pakistan they will find both seam, swing and spin -- something unique in present international squads. England definitely have good batsmen but problem is how to coup on low and slow pitches. Hope their coaches can pick the reality.

  • notimeforcricket on June 16, 2017, 14:36 GMT

    Ali stair cook is currently 107 off 101 balls ....

  • bigfrank on June 16, 2017, 14:36 GMT

    On this season's domestic One-day form so far,surely Cook should be in the squad in place of Roy...which isn't going to happen,so Bayliss is really saying that if your slogging comes off often enough,you'll be in.

  • CricketChat on June 16, 2017, 14:08 GMT

    I am sure statements by Bayliss are meant to keep the current lot on their toes more than vote of no confidence on account of CT SF loss. Eng batsmen underestimated PAK bowling and paid the price. It's a blip on their radar, nothing much. I blame the Morgan's tactics in defending a small target rather than blame player, most of whom were on fire up until the SF. This Eng core group is good enough carry their fortunes for the next 3-4 years at the minimum. Of course, the bench strength needs to be constantly rotated to stay competitive at all times.

  • cricfan13282454 on June 16, 2017, 13:15 GMT

    Livingstone cant play spin

  • swarzi on June 16, 2017, 11:48 GMT

    How come we have special players for the different teams of the different formats of the game; but we have the said coach coaching all the players for all the formats? Don't the skills and tactics in the different formats vary enough to demand the expertise of different coaches for respective formats? If the answer is yes, how come Mr Bayliss is the coach and hence spokesperson for all three England formats?

  • ideal123 on June 16, 2017, 11:33 GMT

    I disagree Eng has become bad test side. They are fine. They have two front line bowlers who are best bowling pair in test cricket - anderson, broad. One change with Woakes is fantastic. They have Stokes. If they cant bowl out sides in neutral pitches , i cant see which team can. Yes -spin is a concern. But, thats how its been after Hemmings, Emburey, Edmonds and underwood time. Swann is the only high quality to come out. Panesar was once in a blue moon bowler. I still think, if Root can bowl a bit more in SC pitches to relieve front line bowlers - They can do it with reverse swing. Batting wise they are solid with jennings/hameed with cook, root, bairstow, stokes and butler. If this team is deemed as worse, it is people here commenting are at fault. Pray tell me, what would be better team than this? How are curran brothers? Are they with Eng Lions or do any one know if they would be ready by the time Anderson hangs up boots?

  • Doctor_038 on June 16, 2017, 10:41 GMT

    @STEPHENA - I'd say that England are probably a worse test side in SC conditions due to lack of decent spinner but are far improved when playing in ENG/SA/AUS - Stokes, Root, Bairstow, Cook all love the ball coming on. Woakes vastly improved, if the bowlers including Wood are fit then we have a decent attack on those sorts of wickets too.

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