Trevor Bayliss: ‘No pressure’ on captain Joe Root


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Outgoing England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that England captain Joe Root is not under pressure after failing to reclaim The Ashes from Australia.

With formality to play for, Australia has already retained the title with 2-1 Ashes lead, but Root had insisted that he remains the right man to captain England.

Bayliss will be in his last assignment for England on Thursday at the Oval.

It could be recalled that Australia retained the Ashes with a 185-run victory at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Bayliss, who believes that Root’s position is not under threat, said the captain has not come under question from anyone making any decisions.

Root has hit 6,965 runs in 85 Tests for England since his debut in December 2012. The captain also led England’s 4-0 defeat in Australia in 2017-18.

Bayliss, who noted that everyone goes through periods where they don’t score as many runs as they’d like, said the Australian team had bowled pretty well to Root.

Adding that how things go further down the line will be seen, he opined that the captain was England’s premier batter and the Australians always try and target the opposition captain.

While lauding Root for his effort, Bayliss, who led England to World Cup glory in July, said the captain gets starts and “I don’t see too many problems.”

The coach will step down after four years as England’s coach when his contract expires at the end of the Ashes. His successor is yet to be announced.

Speaking on his role with the team ahead of his last game, Bayliss plans a return to Australia believing it’s time for someone else to come in with a new voice.

The coach who said he is sad to be leaving pointed that it has been a fantastic environment to work in as everyone welcomed him and made him feel at home.

According to him, from a Cricket sense, England has had a lot of good performances, with winning the World Cup being the high point of their achievement.

Reacting to Australia’s victory in the fourth Test where the players were accused of mocking England spinner Jack Leach because Steve Smith was wearing a pair of glasses amid the celebrations, Bayliss dismissed that as fake news, adding that no one even mentioned it or spoken about it.

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