England news January 7, 2016

Bayliss is 'all for' Buttler joining IPL


Trevor Bayliss is "all for" Jos Buttler appearing in this year's IPL, now that Jonny Bairstow has earned a prolonged run in England's Test side.

Bairstow's maiden Test century in Cape Town, a fine innings of 150 not out that, in partnership with Ben Stokes, led England from a precarious to a dominant position, underlined his status as first-choice keeper in England's Test team.

While he did drop an important chance during the second Test, Bayliss believes that Bairstow's keeping will improve if he is given a run in the side and suggested that none of the other keepers vying for selection - notably Buttler - are significantly better with the gloves.

That leaves Buttler unlikely to be required for the early season Tests against Sri Lanka in May and June. With the England management keen to give their white-ball players more experience of other domestic T20 leagues, especially the IPL and the Big Bash, Buttler will then be free to appear in the IPL if he wins interest in the auction.

As things stand, it seems likely that he will gain interest from several franchises and, as ESPNcricinfo reported, Kolkata Knight Riders are particularly interested in signing him. The deadline to register for the IPL auction is January 15.

England made a similar decision recently with Adil Rashid. Although he remains part of their plans in all formats, the management concluded that he was unlikely to play a role in the Test series in South Africa so encouraged him to take part in the Big Bash instead. There, he has so far impressed with 10 wickets in five matches for Adelaide Strikers, including a Man of the Match performance against Perth Scorchers, that have helped propel his team towards the semi-finals.

The difference this time is that Buttler is being encouraged to play in the IPL (which this year runs from April 9 to May 29) during the England season. While fringe Test players have, in the past, been encouraged to remain in county cricket and fight for their places, the England management is currently taking a different view. Whether that is because they see Buttler as a white-ball specialist, or simply because they feel he will learn as much in the IPL as he would in the county championship, is unclear.

"If the opportunity arises and Buttler is not in the Test team and that IPL window is a possibility, I'd be all for it," Bayliss said.

"It's something we've spoken about. Personally I'd think it would be something similar along the lines of Adil Rashid.

"If Jos is in the Test team he'll be playing Test cricket for England. He definitely wants to play more Test cricket for England which is great. But obviously Jonny's there at the moment."

Bayliss suggested Bairstow had kept "pretty well" in Cape Town, but accepts that part of his game needs to improve. Bairstow only allowed through four byes in the entire South Africa innings - a decent effort given that England were in the field for 211 overs - but he did put down a relatively straightforward chance to his right off the bowling of Stuart Broad when Temba Bavuma had scored 77. He missed a similar chance in Durban, as well as missing stumpings in Durban and in the previous Test in Sharjah.

"Apart from that one chance I thought he did a pretty good job," Bayliss said. "He fumbled two balls and unfortunately one of them was a nick.

"Certainly his wicketkeeping is a work in progress, but I think our other wicketkeepers are as well. Plenty of other wicketkeepers around the world have started off their international careers not in the greatest fashion but ended up pretty decent keepers. It's only fairly early in Jonny's wicketkeeping career.

"He works very, very hard at it and I'd expect over a period of time for him to get better. Both Jonny and Jos work terribly hard on their keeping. I'd expect over a period of time for him to get better.

"He knows the number one reason he is in the team is to keep wicket. So that is definitely a focus of ours: to make him better, as it is with Jos as well.

"And we know that both of them, in form, can quite possibly play in this Test team as a batter anyway. So it's all in front of both of them."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ian on January 9, 2016, 15:23 GMT

    Makes sense to let Buttler practice what he's already very good at, and make him outstanding at it. It doesn't mean that he won't come back as a Test player, but with an eye on limited over tournaments he might as well play IPL, get his eye in and sort his pension out at the same time. I can't wait to see a massive partnership between Buttler and Billings, or Buttler and Hales. Bairstow is going to be in the frame for the limited over stuff as well... maybe Buttler should move up the order, play as a specialist batsman and hand the gloves to Billings in T20Is? Have we got enough keepers yet??

  • Felix Sheung Hong on January 9, 2016, 14:38 GMT

    Rashid is a good example of how a competitive tournament being played in packed houses can help improve one`s game.

  • John on January 9, 2016, 8:51 GMT

    @CPT.MEANSTER I can understand to a degree where you're coming from but KP would have been tied into an ECB contract and I'm sure all franchises would know all the facts about availability of a player before bidding for him. I'd also say that KP takes his IPL very seriously and would never have treated it just as a vacation. I have mixed views about KP but one thing about him is that he is a committed player. The player is also unlikely to go against his regular paymaster. It's like in life (esp in today's economic climate) a well balanced person will always choose against a few days better paid work if it jeopardises their regular job - unless the regular job is that bad/poorly paid. We've seen guys from Australia and SA in the past play half IPLs when their country's schedule overlaps. Guys like Steyn,Morkel,AB,Warner,Starc etc will always put their country first. Having said that Buttler is unproven in IPL so franchises will want a full IPL from him and I think Bayliss is oking it

  • John on January 9, 2016, 8:31 GMT

    @JOSE...P - To be fair TB may be heaping praise on Compton behind the scenes and I'm not sure he really intimated that Nick should go up the gears. In the 1st test his overall SR was probably similar to Hales. That is a strength for guys like Compton and Cook is that they DON'T feel pressured into scoring at a rate they're not comfortable with. If they need quicker runs or want 2 of the top 3 to score more freely then move Root up the order and also tell Hales to get on with it.

  • Jose on January 9, 2016, 6:15 GMT


    I had missed Buttler's move from Somerset to Lancs. Thanks for enlightening me on that.

    I am very much in favour of having good competition for all slots, including the WK's.

    Proactively looking for replacement is also, I reckon, an important issue. Eng is suffering from not doing it for Swann. I would love to see the search process for Cook, Jimmy and probably even Broady.

  • Ishant on January 9, 2016, 1:42 GMT

    @Jose...P: I agree with you, Bayliss has not handled Compton well at all. Would it be great if Compton had multiple gears? Yes, but if he doesn't, he doesn't. England have enough stroke players (Hales, Root, Bairstow, Stokes), there is room in the side for a guy who can drop anchor like Cook. Sometimes conditions dictate that you have to grind it out, not hit out, just as you don't blindly run through a minefield with the logic that you're getting as far as you can before setting one off. Perhaps like Lehmann during the Ashes, Bayliss may have to discover this the hard way.

  • Ishant on January 9, 2016, 1:36 GMT

    Matt Prior was Iron Gloves when he started his Test career. But look how good he became. Give time to Bairstow to rectify his keeping, and England will have a very good player indeed.

  • Tom on January 9, 2016, 0:27 GMT

    ""Certainly his wicketkeeping is a work in progress, but I think our other wicketkeepers are as well." Poor James Foster.

  • Jason on January 8, 2016, 22:56 GMT

    @Jose...P, Who knows where Billings fits in to the thinking but he could be used to put pressure on Buttler and Bairstow, Perform or lose your place.

    The only problem is that Buttler is not a Lancastrian, and he moved there from somerset so he could work on his keeping and 4 day game, as Kieswetter was first choice.

    Its not Yorks vs Lands thing, I'd prefer to have Bairstow back at Yorks for the full CC season, but it looks like hes on england duty all summer.

  • Alex on January 8, 2016, 22:33 GMT

    butler and root are first inning guys. bairstow , taylor are second innings guy when there is a pressure they excel. England need them both. But Taylor lacks technique and patience to play Test matches. He really lacks hunger for runs. He could improve after playing and interacting with players on lots of things and watching. So its good time he gets in IPL. if he just use IPL for fun and money and then he will not shine. He needs to show he belongs in big boys club with consistency.

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