Trevor Bayliss challenges England to win 3-0
England coach Trevor Bayliss has challenged his players to secure a 3-0 margin in the ongoing Test series against South Africa after they claimed an unassailable lead with a victory in the third Test in Johannesburg.
Riding on a splendid hundred from Joe Root, England took a slender 10-run lead before Stuart Broad's fiery six-wicket haul dismantled South Africa for just 83 runs.
Facing a paltry target of 74 runs, England completed the chase in 22.4 overs and claimed a series clinching seven-wicket win in just three days.
However, Bayliss feels that if England want to be the best team in the world they have to win as many games as possible and has challenged his players to win in Centurion.
"We want to win 3-0," Bayliss said.
"If you want to get to the best team in the world, you win series three, four and 5-0.
"That’s the challenge for these young blokes."
In the past year, England have surely begun to progress under the tenure of Bayliss, firstly with the win in the 2015 Ashes and now with a series victory in South Africa.
Stating that the current England squad has plenty of potential, Bayliss has urged the players to work hard in order to scale greater heights.
“It’s hard to look into the future but you look at some of those players... the potential is there.
“But potential never won anything.
“You have got to go out and do the hard work and not take everything for granted.
“You have got to go out and keep having that attitude on the field, keep striving to get better."
One thing that has plagued England in recent times is the inconsistency in results which has hampered their progress in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings.
After the win in the 2015 Ashes, England succumbed to a defeat in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan having drawn the contests against West Indies and New Zealand earlier in the year.
However, after the series win against South Africa, England are assured to finish fifth in the ICC rankings irrespective of how the fourth Test pans out in Centurion.
Bayliss believes that England have the ability to become the best team in the world but has emphasised on playing good cricket in order to rise up the ranks.
“We prepare to go out and play good cricket.
“If we play good cricket, we’ll be in with a chance of winning.
“If we win a few Test matches, there’ll be a chance of going up the rankings and becoming the best team in the world.
“The future of this team could turn into something special.”
England enjoy an unbeaten record at the SuperSport Park in Centurion against South Africa with a win and three draws from the four Tests they have played between 1995 and 2009.
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