Bayliss credited with new ‘thought process’

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Former Australia batsman and now selector Mark Waugh has been grudgingly impressed with the way England have performed for much of the Ashes so far, crediting new coach Trevor Bayliss for the turn-around in the side.

Bayliss, an Australian who has coached many international and State teams, most recently New South Wales, took over from Peter Moores a few weeks before the Ashes, and Waugh feels their strong effort at Edgbaston is down to that.

Waugh said on the CA website: "I thought once we won at Lord's we would push on and win the series quite comfortably.

"But England, you've got to give credit to them, they've bounced back really well in this Test. I think Trevor Bayliss, our Australian coach, may have had an impact on the side there.

"Maybe with their thought processes and the way they've played the game."

Waugh then said that the Aussies were not down and out quite yet, despite likely going down two-one in the series after the current game, but that they needed to make sure the team balance was correct for Trent Bridge.

He added: "We're definitely good enough, we've got a lot of class players. It's not lack of ability, just a combination of some good bowling and maybe a lack of application in some instances.

"It's going to be tight, it's a very even series. We've got the strike-power with the ball and the class with the bat; we've got to still think we can win this series."

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