Ashes win was the highlight this summer - Trevor Bayliss

Ashes win was the highlight this summer - Trevor Bayliss
Trevor Bayliss termed the 2015 Ashes victory against Australia as the highlight of his first season in charge of the England team.
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Trevor Bayliss termed the 2015 Ashes victory against Australia as the highlight of his first season in charge of the England team.

After suffering a massive 405-run defeat in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, England bounced back emphatically to win the third and fourth games to seal the series in their favour.

Even in the five-match One-Day International series, England showed great character to level the series after being 0-2 down at the end of the second game.

However, Australia put on a strong performance in the final game at Old Trafford to defeat England, thereby securing the ODI series with a 3-2 margin.

Bayliss thanked the England cricket setup including the players and the administrators for making him feel at home in his very first assignment.

"It has been great, I suppose winning has made it a little bit easier to take.

“Certainly everyone in English cricket has made me feel very welcome, especially the boys, the other management and the coaches.

“It has been really good. The Ashes win was a highlight.” 

Bayliss believes that the manner in which England bounced back in the third Test at Edgbaston to go 2-1 up in the Ashes was the turning point of the entire campaign.

“The game for me was down at Edgbaston.

“To come back from the flopping we got at Lord's was a fantastic effort.

“The crowd down there was also really good, the atmosphere was superb.

“That really gave the guys the kick along they needed.”

Bayliss also asserted that the series clinching win in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge was a surreal moment among the many memorable events in the summer.

“To end up winning that fourth match (at Trent Bridge), you almost had to pinch yourself the way it went on that first morning.

“Plenty of things to remember and remember for a long time.”

England have adopted a positive outlook towards the game after the debacle in the 2015 World Cup and have reaped rich dividends.

With a number of talented players in the squad, Bayliss predicted that England cricket will experience exciting times in the future.

“The attitude of the players, they want to play positive and aggressive cricket.

“But they want to get better, they realise they have played some good cricket and come a long way but if they want to be the best in the world, they have got a lot of hard work to do.

“Most of them are only mid-20s so they have got a lot of time in front of them, and a lot of hard work.

“The skill level of the players in the team going forward is very exciting.” 

After a period of rest, England will travel to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in a three-match Test series apart from four ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, starting 13th October.

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