Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Embarrassed by Horror Show? Certainly. and It Hurts, Says Coach Bayliss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Embarrassed by Horror Show? Certainly. and It Hurts, Says Coach Bayliss

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Byline: Chris Stocks in Auckland

ENGLAND coach Trevor Bayliss admitted he was embarrassed and hurt by his team's capitulation on the first day of the opening day-night Test against New Zealand.

Trent Boult ran riot, taking six for 32, as Joe Root's men collapsed to 58 all out at Eden Park. Only an unbeaten 33 from Craig Overton meant England passed their record low score of 45 in Tests after they had been teetering on 27 for nine at one stage. Asked to explain an abysmal performance that followed England's 4-0 Ashes humbling earlier this winter, Bayliss said: "I can't, it was a very poor effort today it wasn't good enough. I thought New Zealand bowled extremely well and we batted equally as badly."

Questioned as to whether he was embarrassed by the collapse, Bayliss said: "Certainly and I probably wasn't the only one in the England changing room either. As I said, it's certainly not good enough."

England have failed to win any of their past 11 overseas Tests and will surely not prevail in this one either after New Zealand closed day one on 175 for three, a lead of 117.

Reminded that, as coach, he ultimately carries the can for results, Bayliss said: "Certainly, it hurts from that point of view.

"That'll be up to you guys I suppose [whether he is sacked], what you want to write.

"But, look, whenever you don't do well it does hurt. So, all we can do is take it on the chin, work out what we can do better and go back and work as possibly hard as we can at it."

Bayliss was also frank when asked whether this batting horror show represented rock bottom for England during what has been a harrowing Test winter so far.

"On the scoreboard certainly 58, that's obviously well below par," he said. "I thought we made a lot of mistakes today.

"It's definitely frustrating, that's for sure. …

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