Saturday, 19 August, 2017

England's top-order batting still a concern, says coach Trevor Bayliss

England vs South Africa 2017 fourth Test match Day 3 LIVE streaming TV listing date time venue England 138-6, still 274 ahead of South Africa in 4th test
Noah Ferguson | 11 August, 2017, 02:40

Australian legend Shane Warne went head-to-head in the 2005 Ashes with Flintoff, making an important 249 runs, and taking a remarkable 40 wickets as the duo was named joint Players of the Series. He secured the Man-of-the-Match award - and the England Player of the Series accolade.

"I'm a big believer that, if you see that in somebody you give them responsibility to bring the best out in them", said Du Plessis. At times we showed some real good fight but consistently England were just coming up with answers.

England's 3-1 victory over South Africa in the recently concluded Test series earned them the third spot in the latest ICC Test rankings. Two deliveries later, he also bowled Du Plessis after drawing him into a shot and getting an inside edge onto the stumps.

However, he insists he has never felt under pressure to perform, even though coach Trevor Bayliss specifically referred to him as England's "No 2 spinner" behind Liam Dawson after Lord's in an attempt to ease the burden of expectation on him.

England were bidding for a first home Test series win over SA since 1998, with Joe Root seeking a victory in his first Test series as England captain.

England will now face the West Indies in three Tests later this summer and Bayliss admits he has work to do to find his side's strongest possible line-up with the upcoming Ashes series in Australia on the horizon.

It was a great result for Root though in his first series in charge and he said: "Hopefully it's the start of something".

The South Africa series also saw Ali make valuable runs, as exemplified by his unbeaten second-innings 75 at Old Trafford.

But Moeen then took three wickets for five runs in 11 balls - including the prize wicket of Amla - as the Proteas collapsed from 163-3 to 173-6.

"I'm elated with this series win". "I know we had him in India, but it's taken a bit of time for me to understand him and him to understand me".

The trio batted five, six and seven in the first two Tests as England played two spinners before dropping a place at The Oval and Old Trafford when Liam Dawson was dropped.

Click on the video above to watch the best of the action as Hashim Amla's 35th Test half-century and Faf du Plessis' 14th kept the Proteas in the game before Moeen Ali's triple strike before tea.

Du Plessis confirmed he had spoken to his own Cricket South Africa employers about a future with or without Domingo still at the helm. He has been wonderful for me in terms of helping with my fields, helping me understand my bowling a lot more than I had done previously and I think that has been the biggest difference.

Root added: "We have three more Tests before we go to Australia and that is something that will be an opportunity for whoever gets the chance to play".

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