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Ashes: England haven’t played well for long enough, says coach Trevor Bayliss

England had their moments in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, but Trevor Bayliss conceded Australia ‘played better cricket for longer periods’ and that’s why they regained the Ashes.

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:04 IST
By Christopher Devine
By Christopher Devine
Omnisport, Perth
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Australia thrashed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third Test in Perth to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare and condemn Joe Root’s team to a period of gloomy introspection.(REUTERS)

England head coach Trevor Bayliss says his side have simply not played well for long enough after they relinquished the Ashes in Perth. (ASHES SCORES)

An innings-and-41-run victory for Australia at the WACA means Steve Smith’s side hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, ahead of contests in Melbourne and Sydney.

While England enjoyed encouraging periods in all three Tests, they were ultimately well beaten on each occasion.

Bayliss told BT Sport: “You’ve got to give them [Australia] credit. They have played better cricket than us. They’ve played better cricket for longer periods. We’ve played well at times in matches, but not for long enough.

(Read | Australia regain Ashes with crushing victory over England in Perth Test)

“The Australians have shown us that you’ve got to play at that intensity and at that level for a full five days. That’s what they’ve done better than us.”

England are now in danger of being on the wrong end of a third 5-0 whitewash in four tours of Australia, either side of their famous 2010-11 triumph.

(Read | ‘Proud’ Steve Smith hails Cricket Australia selectors after regaining Ashes)

With the series now beyond them, calls for a selection shake-up are likely to increase, but Bayliss brushed off suggestions out-of-form senior players Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad could be nearing retirement.

He added: “I think they’d both agree they’re a little bit closer to the end than they are to the start. That just happens with experience or the older you get, I suppose.

(Read | Kevin Pietersen makes fun of Joe Root, England fans go after former batsman)

“But there’s absolutely no reason why they can’t continue to be a part of this England team into the future.”

On the prospects of avoiding a 5-0 loss, Bayliss said: “It obviously hurts every time you lose a game, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a match or a series. I can assure you the boys are not going to give up.

“We came here with a view to taking it one match at a time and trying to win each individual match when it came up, and that won’t be any different come the fourth Test.”

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 16:04 IST