Bayliss relieved to see off Tigers


England coach Trevor Bayliss has expressed relief after his charges won what he describes as a ‘hair-raising’ first Test in Chittagong on Monday.

Bangladesh came within 23 runs of claiming a famous victory over England until Ben Stokes removed numbers ten and eleven to seal a nervy win for the visitors.

Bayliss confessed: “I’m over the moon. I’m sure it was a great Test match to watch on TV back at home, it was a little bit hair-raising this morning but the boys really showed what they’re made of.

“They’re adaptable, we’ve still got some things to learn about playing on these wickets – both batting and bowling – but it’s a learning process and to come away with a win here I think will take us a long way.

“We’ve got world class seamers who can reverse the ball and on this wicket that was a little bit up and down, they can be just as dangerous as the spinners. The Bangladesh players are brought up on these wickets. They can play spin quite well.”

Bayliss heaped praise on match winner Ben Stokes whose efforts with bat and ball saved England from a first ever defeat to the Tigers.

The coach said: “Ben is very good and he has enough time in his career to become even better. He is well on the track to becoming a very, very good player but I don’t want to give him too much credit just now or he might not be able to fit through the door.”