Bayliss laments century dearth

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England coach Trevor Bayliss feels that the lack of centuries from his batsmen is the primary reason they trail 2-0 in the Ashes.

Bayliss said before the series started that big hundreds would decide the Tests but so far those hundreds have come from Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh in the Baggy Green.

England had fought back well coming in to the final day of the Test match with real hope of getting a result.

Joe Root failed to add to his overnight 67 increasing scrutiny on the skipper’s conversion rate.

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The majority of England’s batsmen have managed at least a start in this series but James Vince’s 83 in the first innings of the first Test remains the highest individual score for the tourists.

Speaking after the defeat in Adelaide Bayliss said: “Every one of our players over those two matches, and especially this match, has showed they can play the game.

“They’ve been in the game and competed very well. We’ve got to work out, individually I think, how we can do that for a lot longer.

“Joe Root, whenever he scores runs now, he leads from the front. But the same thing again – we haven’t scored a hundred in this series yet. We need guys to go on and make big hundreds.”

It isn’t all doom and gloom according to the coach though, who feels that England can go toe-to-toe with their hosts.

He added: “We’ve got to take the positives out of it. As I said, there was a number of good things. We’ve just got to do it for longer.

“We have got a few scars there with the Australian team. There’ll be a few who have missed out and a few who will be nervous. They’ve got four good bowlers and we’ve shown we can compete with them for a period of time. We’ve just got to do it for longer.”

The third Ashes Test gets underway at the WACA in Perth on December 14.