Bayliss pondering changes after series success

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England coach Trevor Bayliss admits that he is pondering some changes to the batting line up in the Test side, even though the Three Lions beat South Africa two-one in the four-match series away from home.

Although buoyant that they could topple the world's number-one ranked side in their own backyard, Bayliss knows that England are far from the finished article.

With the Three Lions' next Test series at home to Sri Lanka in May, Bayliss and the England brains trust will be talking about the opening position as well as the middle-order.

Alex Hales has not made the opening berth his own with the more solid Nick Compton tipped to move up the order to partner captain Alastair Cook.

Joe Root, arguably the team's best batsman, has been touted to move from number four to number three to stop some batting collapses, which has happened often recently.

Bayliss said: "I've said before I'd want two out of the top three to be of a more attacking style. A simple fact is that if you haven't got those players, you have to make do with the players that you have.

"That's where having Cook and Compton there, we have two guys to build an innings around. But there are a few options. For example, Root is at number four, he is our best player, does he go to number three?

"That's something that we're going to have to discuss and obviously with Rooty as well. That might be a little further down the line but it is one of those options that we have to discuss.

"Hopefully back home in county cricket [somebody] comes out the woodwork in the early season and that gives us more options at the top of the order as well."

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