Bayliss: Fielding lapses cost us ODI series


England coach Trevor Bayliss said one of the reasons his side lost the ODI series in South Africa was that the home team were a better unit in the field.

The tourists boasted the top run-scorer and highest wicket-taker in the five-match series but disappointingly fell to a three-two defeat despite winning the first two games.

Bayliss said on Sunday: "The batting and bowling was fairly even – both teams relied on about three of their batters and bowling was similar. But they're a better fielding team than us at the moment.

"We've got a number of guys that are not the quickest in the field but I also think it's an attitude thing. You want the ball coming at you; you want to prove to people that you can field.

"At times, some of us don't want the ball to come anywhere near us. When we are good, we've very, very good but it's something we've got to continue to work at.

"I don't think we are far off. We've played some pretty good cricket. It's a fine line. Had we taken some catches, we could be sitting here having won three-two.

"We're disappointed to lose the series having played some very good cricket."