Bayliss says England lack depth
Head coach Trevor Bayliss says there are not enough batting options available for England after their West Indies nightmare.
England were bowled out for 77, 246, 187 and 132 over the first two Test matches as the Windies cruised to victory against a disjointed side that lacked quality, solidity and temperament at the crease.
There have been a lack of alternatives, particularly in the top three, with Keaton Jennings being dropped after a poor display in the first Test in favour of Joe Denly.
Otherwise, England have attempted to use lower middle order batsmen higher up, with Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali all having been deployed as batsmen.
And Bayliss says there is a dearth of talent coming through the ranks at county level, meaning they have had to fit players into the order.
“One of the difficult things is we’ve got six guys that are probably suited to batting six or seven and we’re trying to fit them into the team,” said Bayliss.
“We’d like to see plenty of guys in county cricket putting pressure on those blokes. But the guys we have tried at the top of the order over the last few years have been the best players in county cricket.
“There doesn’t seem to be the ready-made international player who’s made plenty of runs and has the game that can succeed at international level.”
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