Bayliss: England spot-fixing allegations ‘outrageous’


England coach Trevor Bayliss has described spot-fixing allegations against his team as “outrageous” after a documentary called “Cricket’s Match Fixers” was aired on Sunday.

The footage was shown on TV network Al Jazeera and claimed England players could have been part of a plot to spot-fix in a Test against India in Chennai in 2016.

England were beaten by an innings and 75 runs in the Test in question but Bayliss has no doubts that any of his players were involved in anything illegal.

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Bayliss told Sky Sports: “Outrageous. I knew a documentary was going to be coming out. I wouldn’t have a clue what’s in it yet, or seen it.

“But, having been there [at the Chennai Test], outrageous is all I can say.”

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison added in a statement: “There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever.

“The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players.

“They emphatically deny the allegations, have stated categorically that the claims are false and they have our full support.

“Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption.”