Cape Town - England coach Trevor Bayliss believes his team's bold
selection policy is one of the main reasons why they have won the Test series
in Sri Lanka.
The tourists sealed the series when they beat the hosts by
57 runs in the second Test in Kandy on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead with one game still
England played the same XI in both Tests but made brave
calls with experienced seamer Stuart Broad and Jonny Bairstow sitting out both
Broad was left out so the visitors could play three
frontline spinners while Bairstow was injured for the first game but could not
force his way back into the starting XI after an outstanding debut from Ben
Bayliss told Sky Sports: "Obviously it can be very
difficult to come here and play a team in their home conditions, but it's been
a fantastic effort by all 11 players.
"I think the fact that we have gone in a little
differently has shown that, in past series we've talked about possibly playing
different combinations but when it's got to it we haven't.
"But on this occasion we said 'no, look, it's time to
actually play the conditions', and if that means some good players miss out
then, unfortunately, that's the way it goes."
The England coach though insisted that it has been complete
squad effort and praised the players that sat out for the work they have been
doing behind the scenes.
Bayliss continued: "Jonny and Stuart Broad have been
fantastic behind the scenes. "The work they've done as 12th men is very
significant. It's been very much a team effort.
"Both Rory [Burns] and Foakes, they are only playing
their second Tests, but they looked so calm, they looked like it was their 30th
or 40th, which is a great sign going forward.
"They might have been feeling a bit more underneath but
outwardly they were very confident, and that sends a message to the
The third and final Test starts in Colombo on Friday.