Bayliss hoping for full compliment of players
England coach Trevor Bayliss is hopeful that none of his preferred squad for the Test matches in Bangladesh pull out of the tour.
Bayliss has admitted that he would prefer to select the same squad for the Tests in Bangladesh and India, meaning if players withdraw from the Bangladesh leg of the tour the coach would then be faced with a dilemma for the Indian leg.
Moeen Ali remains the only England player to publicly confirm he will tour although Jonny Bairstow gave strong indications he would go and Test captain Alastair Cook is reported to have given private assurances to the ECB.
The coach said: “It would be a bit hard to actually pick one [squad] and then another one. That could get down to who wants to go and who doesn’t I suppose, but ultimately it would be best for the team to have one team [for both tours].”
Bayliss wouldn’t commit when asked if a player withdrawing from the Bangladesh could find himself excluded from the squad for the India tour: “Well, they might not say that, but it’s a bridge we’ve got to cross if that happens.
“I’ve sort of got the fingers crossed that it doesn’t occur. It might be a difficult decision if that happens.”
The Australian coach is hopeful that both Test and ODI squads will have no withdrawals: “I think most of them will.
“I’m not sure if there’s anyone come out, certainly they haven’t said anything to me one way or another.”
The director of England cricket Andrew Strauss has been conducted meetings with players ahead of a squad announcement, that is likely to take place next week.
Bayliss has alluded that the squads aren’t entirely decided just yet: “I know James Whitaker [the national selector] would like to get as much of the county season in before it’s selected.
“They are probably like me, doodling and picking teams. I think in my mind I’m reasonably close. There are one or two positions in a squad of 16 that could go either way.”
The coach indicated that spinner Liam Dawson was in with a shout of breaking into the Test squad along with the other tweakers, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid: “He will certainly be in discussions, I would have thought.
“He’s a guy who’s got something about him. He bats, bowls and he’s a pretty good fielder as well. But it’s his game sense, he knows how to play the game, he almost knows what’s going to happen before it happens, he’s one of those type of players.
“They came out to attack him playing his first game and he took it on the chin, he kept going, he kept bowling.
“He flattened it out a little bit I suppose but he didn’t bowl badly even when they were getting hold of him, one or two in those first three or four overs just went wide of mid-on. On another day they could be out, but he had enough guts to throw one or two up and he got his rewards in his second spell.”
19-year-old Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed is seen as a possible solution to England’s opening woes, Bayliss has no concerns about his age: “If he’s good enough, he’s old enough.
“No, I wouldn’t have any problem. There have been some young players making some runs who are coming into calculations which is very exciting.”
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