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Watch Trevor Bayliss amble over for a chat and it is practically impossible to tell whether his England side have just won or lost. It is not even that easy to be certain of the result when he starts talking. Like England’s rugby coach, Bayliss is an Australian in his 50s who played most of his sport in Sydney but there the similarities seem to end. Bayliss is the most phlegmatic of men, who seems to foster loyalty naturally and who actively craves anonymity.
But even he cannot completely disguise a certain excitement about England’s Test team after a series-winning 2-0 lead was secured over Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday. “Apart from one or two this group are fairly close in age, good mates and all seem to be responding to Joe’s call. Off the field it’s starting to get there. Obviously there’s a few more guys from the one-day side in the Test team with Rashid and Buttler but it’s starting to get a feelgood feel just like that one-day team. Hopefully those results continue.”
Written by Vic Marks in Colombo
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/nov/19/joe-root-england-test-captain-trevor-bayliss-cricket under the title “Joe Root ‘will get better and better’ as England captain, says Trevor Bayliss”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.