England coach Trevor Bayliss insists that bit-part efforts from the batsmen will not be enough to secure an Ashes series victory.
The coach was not thrilled with his batsmen after England won their warmup game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.
The match played under lights saw England’s top order struggle with just a few fifties being notched though the bowlers did put in a decent effort.
The Australian coach of the English side wants to see big runs scored in the second warmup game in Townsville in Queensland.
Bayliss said from Adelaide: “Sixties aren’t enough. We need 160s.
“Batting collapses have been a concern for us for a little while. We have games like that, where we lose wickets like that, and it is a concern. The batsmen realise they have got to do better and they are working hard to do that.
“By all accounts the wicket in Townsville is a pretty good one. It’s quite flat. Hopefully that will help our batters make some big scores. Not just spend time in the middle, but make 100s. That’s definitely what we will need throughout this Test series.
“It would be great if we could have some hundreds, that’s for sure. Obviously once the Test series comes around, the intensity of that competition, hopefully that really kicks our batters into gear.”
Bayliss was happy that the young batsmen spent some time out in the middle and showed little concern about veteran Alastair Cook’s lack of runs so far.
He added: “Our more inexperienced batters have actually spent some time in the middle.
“Before the series they were the ones under pressure the most because they don’t have a great deal of experience in Australian conditions.
“The wicket in Adelaide was a bit slow and the longer grass on the outfield certainly slowed the ball up. Seeing the ball racing away on a shorter outfield gives you confidence and we weren’t afforded that. There were a few mediocre scores but it was good to see a number of guys spend time in the middle.
“I don’t have too many concerns about Cooky at the top of the order. It’s probably fair to say he always looks a bit rusty. He’d be the first to admit that.
“He would like to be scoring a few more runs, but he’s played almost 150 Tests, I’m sure he’s been through this before. He’s hitting plenty in the middle of the bat in the nets.”
The first Test against Australia gets underway on November 23 in Brisbane.