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England coach Trevor Bayliss does not expect new faces in Ashes squad

Pint-sized TMS: England win series as Blofeld says goodbye England are likely to fill their Ashes squad with players that have been used in the past 18 months, according to coach Trevor Bayliss. Joe Root’s side still have concerns over their batting despite Test series wins against South Africa and West Indies this summer. Their defence of the Ashes in Australia begins in November. “I can’t see us going outside of the people that have played in the last 12 to 18 months,” said Bayliss. “There are two or three…

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Ben Stokes: Trevor Bayliss defends decision to rest all-rounder in Durham

Ben Stokes has played two previous international matches at Chester-le-Street England coach Trevor Bayliss has defended the decision to rest all-rounder Ben Stokes for the Twenty20 international against West Indies. The game, on 16 September, is a sell-out at Stokes’ Durham home ground of Chester-le-Street. Writing in the Mirror, former England all-rounder and Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham criticised the move. “It was a collective decision between the management and the player in that Ben needed a break,” said Bayliss. “It is just unfortunate that it is a one-off T20…

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England v South Africa: Trevor Bayliss says win does not ‘paper over the cracks’

Highlights: England seal 3-1 series win Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day four England 362 & 243 (69.1 overs): Moeen 75*, Morkel 4-41 South Africa 226 & 202 (62.5 overs): Amla 83, Moeen 5-69 England won by 177 runs; win series 3-1 Scorecard England coach Trevor Bayliss says the series win over South Africa does not “paper over the cracks” in his team. They ended a run of three series without a win, but have not established batsmen to fill positions of opener, number three and number five. “It’s no…

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Keaton Jennings: Trevor Bayliss hints that Ashes opening berth is still wide open

Jennings has scored 112, 0, 1, 54, 8, 33, 0, 3, 0 and 48 in his 10 Test innings to date England coach Trevor Bayliss has hinted that Keaton Jennings is not yet secure of his place as Alastair Cook’s opening partner for this winter’s Ashes. Asked after Monday’s 239-run win over South Africa at The Oval if he had any “issues or worries” over who might partner Cook in the first Test at Brisbane in November, Bayliss told BBC Sport: “It could be two or three guys. “When we…

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