Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bayliss Has to Act Fast or It Will Be a 5-0 Rout in India; Chris Stocks Identifies Ways England Coach Can Turn Things around after Shambolic Collapse against Bangladesh's Spinners

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bayliss Has to Act Fast or It Will Be a 5-0 Rout in India; Chris Stocks Identifies Ways England Coach Can Turn Things around after Shambolic Collapse against Bangladesh's Spinners

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Byline: Chris Stocks

NO WONDER Trevor Bayliss admitted there would be much soul searching over selection for the tour of India following England's alarming defeat in the Second Test by Bangladesh yesterday.

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The coach needs to act fast to address the problems that were brutally exposed by the ninth-ranked team over two Tests before his players take on the world's No1 side in another five.

r tougher proposition and after a relatively successful tenure that has included a home Ashes win and a Test-series victory away to South Africa last winter this will be Bayliss's biggest challenge as England coach.

Put simply, he must find a way for his batsmen to play spin and for his bowlers to deliver it with any degree of confidence or control. This is where England fell short in Bangladesh, especially in a Second Test when the spinners were largely toothless and where the batsmen's frailties were laid bare as they lost all 10 second-innings wickets inside a shambolic evening session.

Changes need to be made then if England are to avoid repeated humiliation in India, where on the evidence of this series a 5-0 whitewash looks likely.

For Bayliss, the coming days will be where he really will earn the PS450,000-a-year salary he is paid by the ECB.

Asked about selection for India, he said: "Some have cemented a spot and there's still a bit of a question mark over others. We've got two or three options in the batting but also in the bowling, so there will have to be some soul searching in the next few days."

So what can England change before the First Test on November 9 in Rajkot? THE OPENING QUESTION Ben Duckett's brilliant counter-attacking 56 from 64 balls at the start of England's second innings in Dhaka gave them hope a target of 273 could be chased down. This aggressive approach is how Bayliss wants his batsmen to play and the fact Duckett, in only his second Test, shared a century opening stand with Alastair Cook was encouraging. Previously, Duckett had struggled, scoring 14, 15 and seven. Yet he has learned quickly. Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed, 19, offers a different option at the top of the order -- namely orthodox solidity. …

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