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Paul Farbrace will present
Trevor Bayliss with an England
team who have already passed a
significant test set by the Aus-
tralian ahead of this summer s
Bayliss key directive from afar,
before his arrival this week, was
that England prove they can play
with natural flair and mettle.
After stand-in wicketkeeper
Jonny Bairstow produced a brilliant,
maiden one-day international half-
century to clinch the record-break-
ing Royal London Series against
New Zealand, Farbrace had high
praise for players who have followed
Bayliss orders so successfully.
If they can add another win in
today s NatWest T20 at Old Traf-
ford, caretaker coach Farbrace will
be able to hand over a side with
an unbeaten 2015 series record in
all three formats.
The 3--2 ODI win, in a series
which made history as the first to
contain more than 3,000 runs in
five matches, can be rated an espe-
cially proud achievement against
opponents who took on Australia
in the World Cup final only three
Bayliss, an ally of Farbrace s from
their days coaching Sri Lanka, is
due to fly into England tomorrow---
and two days later leave with 14
of his new charges for a pre-Ashes
training camp in Spain.
The intention is that the four-
day trip south will ensure Bayliss
becomes properly acquainted with
those most likely to be named in
the squad for the first Investec Test,
starting in Cardiff on July 8.
But to Farbrace s delight, Bayliss
already knows---after Alastair
Cook s team drew a manic two-
match Test series against New
Zealand, and then Eoin Morgan s
50-over specialists edged their con-
test---that England are currently
staffed by his kind of players.
"It s something Trevor was very
keen on before we started ---
encouraging them to play the way
they play for their counties," said
"His term was: It takes balls to
do that, and it s up to them to show
they ve got the balls to do it .
"Crikey, they ve certainly shown
that in abundance."
England appeared likely to fall
at the final hurdle in their 12-day
run-fest with New Zealand, when
they slumped to 45 for five at
Chester-le-Street on Saturday in
pursuit of a Duckworth-Lewis tar-
get of 192 in 26 overs.
But Bairstow, called in as cover
barely 24 hours earlier after Jos
Buttler split the webbing on his
left hand, had other ideas---sharing
a stand of 80 with Sam Billings
and finishing unbeaten on 83 as
England won with an over and
three wickets to spare.
"What an innings from Jonny,"
"How well did he play? What a
"As much as I m pretty positive
most of the time, it did seem a
long way away (after the early
"There were a few disappointed
people who had got out.
"It was a quiet ten minutes, and
then a few boundaries and the lads
started to believe again.
"Win the close games, you then
start to believe.
"To get over the line, the con-
fidence it gives everybody---which
is something every player needs---
you start to believe you can beat
That will be a handy asset for
the start of an Ashes campaign
against opponents who trounced
them 5--0 down under two winters
England have, however, won the
last three home series against Aus-
tralia--- and the intention is, after
the get-together in Spain, they will
arrive in Wales next month with
an understanding of exactly how
Farbrace added: "The key thing
is for Trevor to spend time with
the players, rather than just turn
up in Cardiff on the Saturday
before the Ashes and shake a few
"It s four days for him to get his
messages over to the lads, for them
to feel comfortable around him---
so that when we get to Cardiff it
feels as normal as it can be.
"It makes Cardiff so much easier,
and we can concentrate on the
Time may be short, but Farbrace
"It will be tough for him coming
in," he said.
"But he s someone who will fit
into what we re doing, as opposed
to coming in and rewriting every-
thing from start to finish---he s not
that sort of a person.
"Let s make no mistake, the
Australia series will be an extremely
tough one---but Trev s coming in
at a good time, (because) there is
a feelgood factor."
England believe they have won
back this country s floating cricket
supporters, who had perhaps
"The public has got behind the
team---their support all five games
has been brilliant," said Farbrace.
"The fact they stayed after the
rain (at Chester-le-Street) and got
behind the team, you could really
feel the push from the crowd when
the partnership got together.
"You could feel the crowd willing
the lads to get over the line, and
we ve had that through all the
"Trevor will fit into to what s
going on and gradually make the
changes he sees fit.
"With his knowledge and expe-
rience, he will make good changes
at the right times."
England in good
shape for Bayliss
Australia captain Michael Clarke has
dismissed a suggestion from former
Ashes winner Jason Gillespie that the
current squad are too old to beat Eng-
land this summer.
In his first press conference ahead of
the hotly-anticipated series which begins
in Cardiff on July 8, Clarke cut a relaxed
figure as he said Australia were feeling
good about their preparations.
Earlier this week, Gillespie---who at
one point appeared set to coach England
in this series---labelled Clarke s side the
"Dad s Army" as he singled out the likes
of 37-year-old wicketkeeper Brad
Haddin, 37-year-old opener Chris Rogers,
35-year-old paceman Ryan Harris and
Clarke himself, who has battled a series
of injuries at the age of 34.
"Jason s entitled to his opinion," Clarke
said. "Join the queue. I ve copped crit-
icism my whole career.
"There s a long list of people who ve
criticised this team. We might just add
Dizzy to that list of people we continue
to prove wrong."
Clarke in turn pointed to the likes of
Steve Smith, ranked the world s top Test
batsman at the age of 26, the 28-year-
old opener David Warner and 27-year-
old spinner Nathan Lyon and said he
was happy with the balance in his side.
"A lot of our young players have come
a long way over the last few years," he
said. "The senior players deserve a lot
of credit for mentoring them and helping
them through the tough times, and we re
seeing a lot of benefit from that.
"They will play a big role in this series,
their youth and enthusiasm is vital to
our squad. The experience of the senior
players is crucial too and hopefully we
can find that perfect mix and we re able
to have success."
Clarke out to prove
Hampshire have appealed the deci-
sion to fine them 4,000 pounds and
hand out suspended points deduc-
tions for breaches of discipline by its
The Cricket Discipline Commission
Disciplinary Panel last week heard there
had been five or more separate fixed
penalty offences from Hampshire in
the past year.
As well as the fine the panel agreed
upon deductions of 16 county cham-
pionship points and two points in each
of the T20 Blast and Royal London
One-Day Cup competitions.
These points deductions will be sus-
pended for a year but imposed if a fur-
ther breach occurs within that peri-
od.The CDC said it was concerned
insufficient measures had been taken
by Hampshire to "proactively address
their ongoing responsibility to maintain
disciplinary standards with players"
but the south coast club responded in
a statement on Monday afternoon.
"Hampshire Cricket Ltd has noted
concerns on the part of some members
and supporters about the penalty
imposed on the club by the Cricket
Discipline Commission at the disci-
plinary hearing held at Lord s on 17th
June 2015," said the club statement.
"The club is in the process of appeal-
ing the decision and the penalty
"Under the circumstances it would
be inappropriate for the club to com-
ment further until this appeal process
has been determined."
Hampshire appeals decision
Trevor Bayliss ...talks to Sri
Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
during his days with the
Sri Lanka team.
Michael Clarke.....has copped criticism
all his life.
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