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Bayliss floats Aussie county cricket ban as tourists face another whitewash


England coach Trevor Bayliss is suggesting a cricket cold war with Australia in a bid to revive the Poms’ chances in away Ashes series, as the tourists face the prospect of a second successive Ashes whitewash on foreign soil.

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Following Australia’s third Test win yesterday to ensure they regained the Ashes with a 3-0 series lead, Bayliss floated the idea of Englishmen playing in the Sheffield Shield to gain experience in Australian conditions.

But no sooner did he pose the question, the former NSW coach answered it himself.

“I might try and encourage Cricket Australia to let some of our boys come out here and play,” Bayliss said.

“Cricket Australia won’t let them come out and play Shield cricket, that is for sure.”

So Bayliss suggested England turn the tables and restrict the flow of Australians into county cricket.

“Maybe we should look at the other way and stop a few Aussie boys going over there to get the experience,” he said.

Bayliss has pinpointed England’s lack of know-how in Australian conditions as a factor in their Ashes series loss.

“We have got to try and get them (English cricketers) as much experience in foreign conditions as we possibly can if we want to be successful away from home,” he said.

England’s home conditions, which don’t demand or reward sheer fast bowling, were also reasons for their eight-straight Test losses in Australia.

“If the wickets are responsive to fast bowling, it gives encouragement to young fast bowlers to bowl fast,” Bayliss said.

“If they don’t, well, it’s probably the opposite and discourages bowlers to try and run in and bowl fast.”

Meanwhile, captain Joe Root refuses to use Ben Stokes as an excuse for losing the Ashes, insisting there won’t be a radical changing of the old English guard in the wake of their Ashes flop.

Star all-rounder Stokes is suspended from England duties while prosecutors decide whether to charge him over a September street fight.

“I’m not going to make excuses about things that are out of our control,” Root said.

“We knew that he wasn’t going to be on the tour from the very start.

“And I was very confident that this group of players could come out here and win. Unfortunately it has not turned out like that.”

England captain Joe Root with match umpires Marais Erasmus and Chris Gaffaney before play yesterday. Photo: Dave Hunt / AAP

Bayliss conceded Stokes’ sidelining “changed the dynamics of our team”.

“But I certainly think the Australian team have been too strong for us, whether he was here or not, – the simple fact is he wasn’t,” Bayliss said.

“And the guys in the team, the guys here, took that on board very early. They haven’t been whingeing about him not being here.”

England’s grim campaign has been lowlighted by misfiring senior players such as Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and Mooen Ali.

Cook has a meagre 83 runs at an average of 13.83 this series.

Paceman Broad has just five wickets at 61.80 – three of his wickets came in one innings.

Allrounder Ali is also in the doldrums – three wickets at 105.33 and a batting average of 19.33.

But Root backed all the seasoned campaigners to escape from their rough trots, predicting Cook, Broad and 35-year-old swing bowler Jimmy Anderson would still be in the Test team in a year’s time.

A despondent James Anderson leaves the field as the Ashes are lost. Photo: Richard Wainwright / AAP

Cook, in particular, is sadly struggling but Root backed his captaincy predecessor to find form.

Asked why, Root responded: “The fact that he’s a very stubborn guy that likes proving people wrong could come into it.

“The amount of extra work and hard yards he is putting in behind the scenes tells me that he’s desperate to keep going,” Root said.


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