Trevor Bayliss says Headingley heroics will inspire England in bid to keep Ashes alive
Head coach Trevor Bayliss says England will take inspiration from their Headingley heroics as they seek to save the Ashes in Old??Trafford.
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The hosts once again have to create something special to keep the series alive as they go to the last day of the fourth Test against Australia.
England reached the close on 18-2, chasing a remote 383 to win or, more realistically, needing to bat three sessions to escape with a draw.
It is a tall order, but with opinions of Ben Stokes’ magnificent hundred in Leeds a fortnight ago England won’t throw the towel .
Bayliss said:”It’s a significant challenge but we’ve got two guys out there who are extremely good players and we have certainly got a few players at the sheds that can make hundreds.
“It will take a couple of our men to make good hundreds but, as we found in the previous Test, anything you can.
“I am always positive, I think we could take action. We’ve had a chat in the living area, we’re definitely not going out believing it’s all over. They think they are good enough to bat for 98 overs and rescue the sport.”
Since they lost captain Joe Root and opener Rory Burns with no run on the plank, england made a start. Jason Roy and joe Denly are the men to restart on Sunday morning.
Bayliss is convinced in the batsmen and factors to Stokes’ attempts of what can be achieved as evidence.
He said:”It probably provides the remaining guys belief, that if one man can do it someone else can perform it also.
“We have already spoken about who is going to put their hand up and be the protagonist tomorrow. We are aware that it’s going to be hard work, but we are heading out there with the aim to accomplish this”
Australia have gotten themselves in such a strong position due to Steve Smith’s performance.
Smith struck a century in the first innings and then followed with 82 from the second – remarkably his lowest score of the show – as Australia put their goal by posting.
Smith stated:”When it is demanding you need your experienced players to step up. A great deal of cricket and I have played with now. Attempt to be the one to select through the team and I love to have in these situations.
“I managed to form a really good partnership with Matty Wade, ideally one that sets us up for this match ”
Australia need to take eight wickets on Sunday to win the match and claim the Ashes. Next week a 2-1 series lead would secure the urn at the Oval.
Smith said:”It is pretty clear what we will need to do – quicks hit a good length, Gazza (Nathan Lyon) hit on the tough as far as you can.
“It’s merely about relaxing and going outside and enjoying it hopefully executing our abilities enough to bowl England out tomorrow”
See the day five of their fourth Test between Australia and England from 10am.