Ashes 2019: England coach Trevor Bayliss admits to having 'stern' chat with players after Ireland scare

England coach Trevor Bayliss said that his team's batsmen should learn from nightwatchman Jack Leach who top-scored for England with 92 against Ireland

Agence France-Presse, Jul 28, 2019 18:04:06 IST

London: Coach Trevor Bayliss admitted Sunday that he had a "stern chat" with England's players after they rallied to avoid an embarrassing Test defeat to Ireland.

England were bundled out for 85 in the first session of their inaugural Test against Ireland at Lord's but eventually won by 143 runs after dismissing the visitors for just 38 in their second innings.

Ashes 2019: England coach Trevor Bayliss admits to having stern chat with players after Ireland scare

File image of England head coach Trevor Bayliss. Reuters

Nightwatchman Jack Leach was England's top-scorer in the match with 92 and although he was left out of the 14-man Ashes squad, Bayliss praised the left-arm spinner's approach.

"We had a fairly stern chat after the game," Bayliss told BBC Radio. "It's good to be able to deliver those messages when you have actually won a game," he said.

"I thought the example Jack Leach showed was the example a lot of the other batters need to learn from. He was very focused on what he wanted to do and was very clear in his own mind how he was going to go about it."

"We speak about that a lot, having a plan for any situation you find yourself in and being clear with your thoughts — don't try and just bluff your way through it," Bayliss added.

England begin their Ashes Test preparations with an optional training session on Monday at Edgbaston, where the fitness of paceman Jofra Archer will be assessed following the side strain he suffered during the victorious World Cup campaign.

"We don't want to necessarily risk him," Bayliss said. "He played for Sussex in a T20 match and came through that well. Test match cricket, five days, longer spells, is a little bit of a different beast so we'll have to see where he's at and take a little bit from the medical people as well.

"We have to weigh up, do you pick him for the first one, it's a bit early, he gets injured and then is unavailable for selection? We've got a good strong group of bowlers who we think can do the job over the five Tests."

Updated Date: Jul 28, 2019 18:04:06 IST

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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254