London - Trevor Bayliss is becoming ever more annoyed by the
kind of England batting collapses which led to their "embarrassing"
nine-wicket defeat by Pakistan in the first Test at Lord's.
Bayliss, who became England coach before the start of the
team's home 2015 Ashes success, has been known to encourage attacking batting
as he has improved the team's fortunes in the limited-overs game.
But he insisted the Test top-order must be prepared to graft
for their runs if conditions and the quality of the opposition attack require
an initially more cautious approach.
England were skittled out for just 184 in their first
innings at Lord's by disciplined bowling from Pakistan, whose resolute batsmen
then made 363 in reply.
Bayliss's side have lost six of their last eight Tests,
ahead of the finale of a two-match series against Pakistan at Headingley
starting on Friday.
Asked if his words were getting through to the players,
Bayliss replied: "Well, obviously not enough."
The Australian, rarely given to venting his frustration in
public, added: "In a way, you almost throw your hands up sometimes.
"But what else can you do? We continually deliver that
type of message and are continually working on it in the nets."
Pakistan's batsmen displayed great care at Lord's and
Bayliss insisted England's had been advised to play in similarly responsible
fashion before home captain Joe Root won the toss and batted first.
"It was the same as always on these type of
wickets," Bayliss said.
"It's going to be difficult early - you've got to work
hard early and earn the right to bat long, you've got to bat in
"The mistakes we made - throwing hands at the
ball...(not) letting the ball come - under pressure, in the middle, we've got
to do it better."
England, particularly at home, have shown an ability to
bounce back rapidly from heavy defeat and Bayliss said: "They've been up
for it in the past. I'd be expecting they'd be a little embarrassed about the
way they played, and the performance in the next one will be better."
England, in a bid to win next year's World Cup on home soil,
have radically altered their domestic fixture schedule in recent times.
Much of the first-class County Championship programme is now
played at the two ends of the season, rather than in the height of summer.
This, critics argue, means the odds are weighted too heavily
in favour of medium-pacers who would be non-threatening on better pitches, with
batsmen consequently less inclined to get their heads down than they would on
more reliable surfaces.
"Is playing on (county) wickets where you're not going
to bat for too long, before you get one that does a heap, is that necessarily
good in the long term for learning how to concentrate for long periods?,"
"All we want for the players is the very best, for them
to be playing at their very best, and winning games for England," he
England have dropped opener Mark Stoneman, who managed just
13 runs in total at Lord's, and recalled Keaton Jennings for Headingley as they
try to avoid a third successive loss after reverses in Australia and New
But their batting was not the only issue at Lord's, with
England also dropping five catches during Pakistan's first innings.
Bayliss did not hide his exasperation at England's poor
fielding, saying: "I'm almost at a loss sometimes. It's got to be
concentration, I think, and confidence.
"Once the first one goes down, it's a little bit like
when we lose a wicket or two... sometimes that confidence goes down."