Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bayliss Hands Lancashire Players England Incentive ; Cricket Chris Ostick

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bayliss Hands Lancashire Players England Incentive ; Cricket Chris Ostick

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LANCASHIRE players have been given an incentive to start the new county season well with England coach Trevor Bayliss saying there are several Test places up for grabs this summer.

Despite England beating South Africa 2-1 in the recent Test series, question marks remain over key positions.

Three of the top five - Alex Hales, Nick Compton and James Taylor - endured modest returns against the Proteasd.

That means the beginning of the domestic season will be played for unusually high stakes, with the men in position vying with young hopefuls and more experienced heads for the selectors' attention.

"We're by no means the finished article," said Bayliss.

"I think that is a sign to everyone else in county cricket that, if I come out and score runs early in the season, there are possibilities there. …

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