Bayliss wants to take momentum into T20s


After completing a successful ODI series against Pakistan, England coach Trevor Bayliss wants his team to take that momentum into the upcoming three T20I matches.

The Three Lions, who beat the Asian side three-one in the four-match ODI series that finished in Dubai last Friday, are looking forward to the first game in the shortest format at the same venue on Thursday – and the two teams can't be separated in the betting stakes.

Bayliss was particularly pleased that England beat the hosts in conditions that are vastly different to back home and also wants to use the T20 games to prepare for the World T20 in India next year.

The England mentor said: "It's great to win away from home, especially on the sub-continent against a team like Pakistan who are playing in conditions they know very well.

"They should have a lot of confidence from the way they've played, going into the three Twenty20 matches – knowing they can play in these conditions against this quality of opposition.

"It's another step on the way to that World Cup in March and April. We want to play this Twenty20 series and win that as well as we possibly can, but it's also a bit of a testing ground."

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