Leeds - England coach Trevor Bayliss is confident his
"hurting" side will bounce back from their shock second Test defeat
by the West Indies in next week's series-decider at Lord's.
The West Indies chased down a target of 322 on Tuesday's
fifth day at Headingley to win by five wickets and square the three-match
contest at 1-1 following their innings and 209-run thrashing in the first Test
Shai Hope led the way for the West Indies in Leeds. Having
never before made a Test hundred, his 12th match at this level yielded two with
the 23-year-old's brilliant 118 not out on Tuesday coming just days after his
first innings 147.
"They were hurting and to me that's a good thing,"
said Bayliss of England's reaction to a disappointing defeat.
"If the team is hurting after a loss, it means
something to them.
"I'm sure they will be fully focused and ready to put
things right in the next Test," the Australian added.
England captain Joe Root appeared to have made a well-judged
declaration when, on his Yorkshire home ground, he closed the hosts' second
innings on 490 for eight late on Monday.
Bayliss backed his skipper's move by saying: "I hope
the result doesn't change the way (Root) thinks about the game. In that
situation, more times than not, we'll win more than we lose."
This was England's second defeat in six Tests after they
also lost the second match of the recent series at home to South Africa - with
Bayliss's men eventually taking a four-match contest 3-1.
At Headingley, England fell 169 runs behind on first innings
but battled back with the bat second time around.
However, having dropped in-form third seamer Toby
Roland-Jones essentially so all-rounder Chris Woakes could get some overs under
his belt ahead of the Ashes, England were twice undone in the field, especially
on Tuesday when they only got half-way to taking the 10 second-innings wickets
they needed to go 2-0 up.
"Batting was probably a little more difficult than it
originally looked although it was still a decent wicket. To a certain degree,
the (batsmen) learnt their lesson from the first innings. I thought they showed
a lot of character," said Bayliss.
"When we bowled, they were a little bit two sides of
the wicket and a little bit short.
"We seemed to be fairly frustrated throughout that
first bowling innings and I think that held over into the second innings.
"It looked like we were under a bit of pressure and got
frustrated when it wasn't quite happening for us."
He added: "That doesn't happen all that often. But it
happens in the game of cricket every now and again and it happened on this
England have announced an unchanged 13-man squad for the
Now Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley and Dawid Malan are all in
line for another chance to cement their top-order places ahead of the Ashes
tour of Australia.
Westley was twice out in single figures at Headingley but
Stoneman and Malan both made second-innings fifties.
"Certainly, Mark looks like a tough type of player to
me," Bayliss said. "He looks like he's ready for a scrap the whole
time but, when the bad ball comes along, he is able to put it away.
"They (Stoneman and Malan) have started to look
comfortable and they can both play off the back foot so the signs are looking
"But, as you know, we've said that before and we've had
a change after a few more matches.
"I still have fingers crossed for them."