Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

England won't win Ashes unless 'terrible' catching improves, says coach Trevor Bayliss

England won't win Ashes unless 'terrible' catching improves, says coach Trevor Bayliss

And Botham reckons England will pick few rookies in their party to tackle Australia, with the first of five Tests beginning in Brisbane on November 23.

England will head down under fresh from home Test series wins over South Africa and Windies, the second of those sealed courtesy of a nine-wicket victory at Lord's on Saturday.

"We should not be afraid of going over there (to Australia), performing at our best and (trying to) do something special".

'It is not from a lack of practice. Dropping easy catches is usually down to concentration.

England can not claim to boast a settled side despite their next Test being the Ashes opener at Brisbane on November 23.

Bayliss does not expect any untried batsmen to be brought in but admits the top order is "not 100 per cent" decided after Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan and Tom Westley failed to nail down spots.

'That's the big question - whether the three guys we have been speaking about all summer have done enough, ' said Bayliss. But are they good enough for long enough?

'I am sure they would have loved as much as we would for them to make a couple of hundreds and then there's nothing to talk about.

Nobody has embodied the spirit within Root's team better than Anderson, who put a chequered 12 months with injury behind him by accumulating 39 Test wickets at 14.1 runs apiece - among his compatriots only Jim Laker, with 46 in 1956, has taken more in an English summer. They will get a hearing, but it will be hard to go past these three guys'.

England are looking for a bowling coach with specific knowledge of Australian conditions ahead of this winter's Ashes tour, and are willing to consider a short-term candidate if they believe it will give them a better chance of regaining the urn. In batting, they have to score plenty of individual centuries.

There remains the chance that one of the domestic candidates impresses the hierarchy and, just as importantly, the fast bowlers in what is left of this summer's worldwide cricket.

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