Trevor Bayliss says England's batting must improve for Ashes Tests

Trevor Bayliss says England's batting must improve for Ashes Tests

Trevor Bayliss says England's batting must improve for Ashes Tests

Batting collapses have been a concern for us for a little while.

They still had too much ammunition with the ball against callow opponents, and had opener Mark Stoneman to thank for back-to-back half-centuries, which were supported by 50s from Dawid Malan, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

England coach Trevor Bayliss has warned his batsmen that they will have to produce big scores in order to win the upcoming Ashes series against bitter rivals Australia.

"There could be a possibility he would be right for the next game but we will probably let him go there and make sure he is right for selection for the first Test", Bayliss told reporters in Townsville.

"I thought we got our lengths a lot better in this game", Bayliss said.

'It's not for want of trying.

"The batsmen realise they have got to do better and they are working hard to do that", he added.

"It would be great if we could have some hundreds, that's for sure".

Ball limped out of England's second tour match, a 192-run win over a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide completed on Saturday, with ankle ligament damage, prompting selectors to summon Sussex youngster George Garton from the Lions squad as cover.

After starting the day trailing by 120 runs with 10 wickets in hand, the visitors resisted Australia's attempts to take an unassailable series lead as they batted out the final evening to 2-206 when both captain's agreed to end play. "The number one thing for us is that 60s are not enough - we need 160s".

'That's definitely what we will need throughout this Test series'.

"I think England's batting is vulnerable, absolutely", he said.

Ryan Harris, CA XI coach in Adelaide and ex-Australia bowler, has noted that the former England captain is looking "rusty".

In a major boost to the England cricket team, all-rounder Moeen Ali has been deemed fit for the final practice match against Cricket Australia XI.

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