In his last interaction with the media as England head coach, Trevor Bayliss asserted his faith in Joe Root to continue as the Test captain even though he departs from his role right after the Ashes.
Trevor Bayliss will take charge of his final game as head coach of England when the final Test of the Ashes at the Oval, bringing to an end a four-year term where he led England to their maiden World Cup at home this summer. However, he couldn’t produce the same stability as the Test side. England failed to reclaim the Ashes once again as Australia took the lead and retained it in Manchester. As a result, Root who has been extremely underwhelming has been criticized for all quarters, some even demanding his resignation as captain.
But the 28-year-old has held the role under Trevor Bayliss tenure and he believes it will continue even after he’s gone.
“He’s not come under question from anyone making any decisions,” Bayliss said on Tuesday (September 10). “He’s under no pressure at all.”
The criticisms on his captaincy have also, unfortunately, coincided with a bad run of form for Root. He averages 40 with the armband and 52 without it.
“Everyone goes through periods where they don’t score as many runs as they’d like. I think the Australian team has bowled pretty well to him, so we’ll see how things go further down the line.
“From my point of view, he was our premier batter and the Australians always try and target the opposition captain. He’s played well when he’s got starts and I don’t see too many problems.”
Bayliss feels that the key for Joe Root, especially in terms of captaincy, will be, “to go into the lion’s den and win an Ashes series” in Australia. He thinks Root has the capability, but he also needs assistance from his players who need to back him up.
“Sometimes you can only be as good as the players you’ve got in the team. We’re probably still looking for several players to make that XI as strong as it possibly can be. He’s doing everything he possibly can to make that right.
“But I think he’s getting better all the time. And some of the guys he’s got with him are going be important: people like Ben Stokes. Those two guys going forward are in a good position. Right now I can’t see too many others that would suit the job. But those two together can take this team forward.”
Bayliss rates his career with England a five out of 10. “I’m a hard marker – on account of their being room for improvement. Indeed, the limited-overs side has progressed with the tournament win this summer and an appearance in the 2016 World Twenty20 Final.
“It’s the natural time to go. I’ve said all along, I’ve never spent more than four or five years somewhere, whether you’re doing well or not. It’s time for the lads to hear a new voice.
“I’m quite happy to be heading home now but with fond memories. I’m sad to leave in one way. There’s been plenty of good people I’ve been able to work with – from players to the coaching staff, management staff, ECB, county coaches, and administration. I’ve been welcomed with open arms, it’s been fantastic.”
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