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Trevor Bayliss backs Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler

Trevor Bayliss backs Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler
Moeen Ali (right) have struggled in his role of opening the batting in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan.
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England coach Trevor Bayliss has voiced his support for Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler both of whom have been struggling to be among the runs in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan.

Ali, who has been promoted to open the innings, has so far scored 48 runs from four innings, but has been handy with his off-spin, picking six wickets from the two games.

Bayliss admits that the opening slot remains an area of concern for England but is willing to back Ali as the 28-year-old is keen to succeed in the role.

"The opening batting position has not been a success as of yet.

“Personally, I would probably like to give Mo another opportunity.

"He is a quality player and is in a position that he is a little unfamiliar with, but he is a guy that wants to do it.

“For me, somebody that wants to go out there and do it, that's a guy you want in your team."

Buttler on the other hand, has been out of form since the beginning of the 2015 Ashes, scoring just 156 runs in the seven games since then at an average of 13.00.

England’s wicket-keeper batsman has failed to hit even a single half-century since the Ashes and the calls for dropping him have increased.

England have an in-form James Taylor for the batsman role, while Jonny Bairstow can fulfil the wicket-keeping duties.

Despite Buttler’s poor form, Bayliss is confident that it will not be long before the 25-year-old is back to scoring runs consistently.

"It's no secret he needs runs and he's been a bit out of form.

“That's the game and Cook and I will sit down with him in the next couple of days to discuss that.

"We know that he is a quality player and I think he'll play a big role in England's future.

“Like most blokes that have ever played the game, he's going through a rough trot and this is his rough trot.

"But I think he is a quality enough person and player that we'll see a lot better out of him in the future." 

Apart from Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ian Bell, none of the England batsmen have managed to cross the three figure mark in their runs tally during the ongoing three-match Test series against Pakistan.

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