MX23RW : Saturday, September 14 13:49:37| >> :600:331587:331587:

Trevor Bayliss gives his reign as England head coach five out of 10

Trevor Bayliss gives his reign as England head coach five out of 10
© Reuters
Bayliss led England to World Cup glory earlier this year.

Trevor Bayliss will end his four-year reign as England head coach in a week and admits his successor will take over a Test team with plenty of room for improvement.

Bayliss' place in the history books is already assured as the man who oversaw the country's first World Cup success earlier this summer, but the dream of signing off with an Ashes victory will not be realised.

Defeat at Old Trafford in the fourth Test means his native Australia will be lifting the urn regardless of what happens in his final match at The Oval, though victory would allow him to walk away with a 2-2 series draw.

England and Australia Nets Session – Day One – The Oval
Trevor Bayliss says England's Test side is "a work in progress" (Bradley Collyer/PA)

The world-beating overhaul of England's limited-overs side will go down as his crowning achievement but there are serious structural questions that remain unanswered in the red-ball format.

Asked to mark himself out of 10, Bayliss said: "I'm a hard marker, so I'll say five.

"I always gave the guys four, five or six out of 10 for their fielding, because I always thought there was always room for improvement.

"Our Test cricket hasn't gone as well as we would have liked. I'd say it's still a work in progress. When you compare the two, the white-ball team had the biggest improvements.

Ashes Series Package
Trevor Bayliss led England to World Cup glory (Nick Potts/PA)

"From a Test win percentage we're slightly in front on win-loss ratio but the big improvement in the one-day game overshadows the work we've tried to do with the Test team.

"From my point of view I like to think I'm a traditionalist, I like the Test match game. I didn't go easy on planning or coaching the Test team compared to the white-ball team.

"I think we're further down the track than we were and hopefully the next guy who comes in and takes my place can take the team further.

"Trying to find the depth in our Test ranks, as we have in our one-day ranks, will be a challenge going forward.

"It's a question that English cricket will have to address and hopefully everyone works together on that and not just throw barbs at one another. Actually get together and work it out together."

Bayliss has been a low-key figure since his arrival in 2015, preferring to empower players and captains rather than act as a frontman for the team.

It is fitting, then, that he will not use his imminent departure to engineer one last push in a draining summer.

"I said to my wife before I came over, I'd love to win at least one of the trophies this year," he said.

"When we won the first one, the World Cup, I felt a bit greedy and I would have loved to have gone out on a high. But they owe themselves a performance, not me.

"They owe it to themselves to go out and play well and win this last one."

Joe Root
Trevor Bayliss hopes Joe Root will lead England into the next Ashes series (Mike Egerton/PA)

Thursday's match will be the last one where the 56-year-old wears the Three Lions, but he admits future Ashes series will see him facing mixed emotions.

"I'd have to be impartial," he said.

"Knowing the guys as I do so well, there'll always be a soft spot here. I'll always feel for those guys going forward because I know what they've been through, and how hard they work. I'm a cricket fan first and foremost."

Bayliss hopes it will be Joe Root who leads England into their next Ashes battle, throwing his weight behind the Yorkshireman's leadership by way of a parting gift.

"He's not come under question from anyone making any decisions," Bayliss said. "He's under no pressure at all."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Trevor Bayliss

Click here for more stories about England

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Justin Langer pictured on August 14, 2019
Read Next:
Justin Langer defends Australia's celebrations after retaining Ashes

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
/esi/758/0/index.html - esi:0:site:0:-p-: {0}: - :T758:-: {0}: < ! - - T  758 {0} - - >  : 
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Major League Soccer
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Chinese Super League
EFL Trophy
Premier League 2 - Div 1

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account