Farbrace: England are an improving side


England assistant coach Paul Farbrace, who was at the helm during the recent Test series against New Zealand, insists England are growing in leaps and bounds, and have not been set back by the loss in the second Tests.

After winning the first match at Lord's convincingly, England faltered in Leeds and lost by 199 runs to draw the series. With Trevor Bayliss starting soon as the new head coach, Farbrace urged optimism rather than gloom.

Farbrace, who worked with Bayliss when they coached Sri Lanka, said on the ECB website: "We know we are an improving side.

"I don't like to use developing side in international cricket because international sport is about winning, that is the key and people want to see their international team winning.

"But we know we are not a finished team, we know we have got work to do and it won't be through lack of hard work and effort.

"We have got a new coach starting in a couple of weeks. He will bring some new ideas, some fresh ideas, and a different voice into our changing room.

"But we think we have got a good group of players, there are a couple on the fringes of this team who will be banging hard to get into the team and that is the way it should be because there are some very good cricketers playing county cricket."

He added of the surfaces at Lord's and Headingley: "I think both games have been really good games of cricket. They have been good games of Test cricket and full credit to both sides for the way they have gone about it, the way they played.

"We have had two really good pitches, two excellent surfaces to play the game on where runs and wickets have come. If you got the ball in the right place, it has been tough and if you miss your line or your length, you go for four runs.

"This has been an excellent pitch here at Headingley, as Lord's was as well. A draw over the series is probably a fair result."