Trevor Bayliss Urges England Cricketers To be Mentally Stronger
England Cricket team head coach Trevor Bayliss has urged his players to be more mentally fit following thier massive 381 runs loss against Windies in the first Test at Barbados.
Meanwhile, hosts Windies bowled out England for 77 runs in the first innings before rattling six wickets for a mere 31 runs in the second innings. Bayliss has rued his Test side’s tendency to collapse in a heap to the lack of mental discipline. However, this is not something new to the England side who have struggled to build partnerships in recent years. Last year against New Zealand, they folded for 58. Against India, they went from 54-0 to 161 all out within a session at Trent Bridge.
Moreover, Trevor Bayliss also pointed out that they lacked the technique to score runs or take wickets in the recently concluded Test match.
“It gets down to a bit of guts and determination to get through those tough periods,” said Bayliss after the defeat in Barbados. “It’s not the first time that we’ve succumbed in a short space of time. The boys are in the dressing room hurting and I’d be worried if they weren’t.
“Do they lack mental discipline? Personally, I think so. You don’t have to have perfect technique to be able to score runs or take wickets, it’s how you go about using it. On this occasion, we’ve certainly been lacking in that department,” he added.
Windies bowled well
In addition to, Trevor Bayliss acknowledged that the hosts did an excellent job with the ball. Roston Chase was the chief architect behind their win with an eight-wicket haul which paved their way for an emphatic victory. However, Bayliss noted that they would not be able to bowl them out for 77 every time.
“But every time a team does that, we shouldn’t be expecting to get knocked over for 77. In the second innings, the guys looked like they were trying, we made good starts but at this level, you have to be able to bat longer than that,” he said.
The second Test of the three-match Test series will start from January 30 at Antigua.