England cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss asks Joe Root to skip IPL

Australia's 4-0 series win drew in combined crowds of 867,000 over five Tests

Australia's 4-0 series win drew in combined crowds of 867,000 over five Tests

The Baggy Greens have just completed a widely-lauded, unexpectedly one-sided 4-0 Ashes series victory over battered tourists England - with just one whitewash-skirting draw at Melbourne - and have no further obligations in the format until they arrive here in late February for four mouth-watering clashes.

"Yes, we have all seen it", he said.

And as for off-the-field issues, Bayliss said: "Since Perth, I think it has finally sunk in and hopefully that attitude continues".

"Looking at Trevor, he didn't hang out for this job". Some of the biggest names of English cricket have been a part of the extravaganza in the past. A strong England outfit gives them the chance to test bench strength in the bowling department, including Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye.

"It is interesting that Michael Atherton has written that he thinks there should be split coaches and there's a bit of truth in it".

The England squad is named overnight, and coach Trevor Bayliss says the pair deserve another couple of games to show their talents.

"I've always felt that it's time for a change around that four-year mark".

It would be a surprise if the Test trio played all five matches, so the uncapped Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye will have to step up when called upon.

There was not much for the Barmy Army to cheer over the five-match series
There was not much for the Barmy Army to cheer over the five-match series

The problem England and Bayliss have is that Root, along with all their best players, does not want to miss out on the millions on offer in the IPL. England remain a flawed side but the head coach said he didn't think there would be wholesale changes for the upcoming tour to New Zealand. After the worldwide commitments, the players will have the opportunity to feature in the IPL, which is a two-month long tournament.

Root, who had spent the morning in hospital with dehydration before returning to the Sydney Cricket Ground hoping to make a final stand, was "asleep in the dressing room trying to recover" when the final wicket fell.

"But the important thing is that young coaches in this country can see that there's an opportunity to progress, and that if they do well and perform and show their credentials, that there's a chance they can get into global cricket. It would work well only if they can both work with each other".

England's systemic failure in Australia has finally led to its first casualty.

Bayliss took over as England coach in the summer of 2015 and began his reign with a home Ashes win over Australia.

"We've been in the games to an extent but we've just not been able to capitalise on any opportunities we got". "It feels to me like he's a man who wouldn't mind the axe falling".

Test purists planet-wide can not wait for the showdown between the Aussie pace trio and South Africa's possibly still four-pronged speed assault - especially assuming that Dale Steyn recovers from his latest heel-injury setback to join the onslaught in time, which he apparently should ...

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