Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

England Won't Win Ashes Unless 'Terrible' Catching Improves, Says Trevor Bayliss

England Won't Win Ashes Unless 'Terrible' Catching Improves, Says Trevor Bayliss

It always concerns me - the catching has been bad, especially in the last couple of Tests. Are they tough enough, especially for an Ashes series?

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. "I'm happy with the way the whole group is shaping up".

"We have all the attributes to go there, put in a strong performance and get good results".

"We have a number of coaches who work with national and worldwide teams in addition to their school commitments, and pupils undoubtedly benefit from such professional expertise". "We're not going to go there [Australia] and win anything dropping that many", said Bayliss as media reports suggest.

'It is not from a lack of practice.

'Some of the grounds in this last series haven't been the greatest viewing grounds, but they are professional players and should be grabbing hold of some of those they've dropped'.

There has been much debate around the positions at number two, three and five with current incumbents Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley and Dawid Malan failing to nail down their spots.

The highlight of Geraint's career came in the 2005 Ashes at Edgbaston when he took a brilliant catch to get out Michael Kasprowicz off the bowling of Steve Harmison - a moment which saw England win the game by just two runs in one of the most memorable test matches in history. But are they good enough for long enough?

Former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond is likely to take over as England's bowling coach on a temporary basis, for the upcoming 2017-18 Ashes in Australia. "It's a problem. I agree, I think Root should bat three, but he doesn't want to, and that's an issue".

Question marks hung over the Lancastrian's fitness at the start of the summer when, after finally overcoming a stress fracture of the shoulder blade that had plagued him for the best part of a year, he succumbed to a groin injury.

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