After Trevor Bayliss’ final match as England head coach That He spoke to Sky Sports about the Ashes, the World Cup final as Well as the talents of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer…
On the abilities of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer
“Ben is his own biggest victory. Trainers can just lead players or groups in a certain course but in the long run it is all up to all those players to grab hold of this situation and improve. Ben on and off the field has grown well.
“It is a delicate one with Jofra Archer as he will clearly be in each group and I think maybe in Test cricket. I know Joe Root relied on him for longer spells in this show but going forward I think that it could be about shorter spells of five or four overs.”
On winning the Oval Test and drawing the Ashes series
“It was a fantastic attempt to draw on the string, not being able to win the Ashes, however there was pride at stake for those boys and Evaluation Championship points. Level the show up and to finish off well I think we showed a great deal of personality.
“2-2 was a fair score. Both teams had their opportunities to win the series. We certainly did not play and we’d have wanted to.”
On his favorite moment of the summer
“The cherry on top for this particular series was winning the World Cup and there were a lot of memories made.
On what had changing if he took over the white-ball staff of England
“A reversal of attitude and a reversal of the way we played the sport. Looking back to the 2015 World Cup England played just a bit old-fashioned to the game.
“It had been about actually bringing in players more conducive to playing the modern type of game. Whoever was going to win that World Cup was likely to require a daring attitude and we stuck in certain periods, even throughout the four decades.
“It allowed us to have some tough conversations with the boys but they adhered to what they thought and over time they learned to adapt.”
On what he had been feeling throughout a memorable World Cup final
“As it was happening, you’re as nervous as anyone. I don’t think about the balcony we’ve realised I realised what a excellent match.
“When you are involved in the match and you are trying to work out what you may be able to do and precisely what we need or could be doing. It was not until everything settled down and all the messages came flooding in the realisation came of what the boys had achieved.”
On preparing for a House World Cup along with Ashes show in 2019
“For all the coaching staff it’s been a long summer. We knew it was going to be more challenging but having now been I’m unsure we realised it could be. It had been hard and we were so near both decorations but we’ll take one.”
On whether England different red-ball and white-ball coaches or should have a single head trainer
“It’s a difficult one of if you have one or two coaches. If you have two trainers how can they work together?
“Ashley Giles will most likely go with one coach and that head trainer needs a little more time away from the match which will also enable the assistant coaches more experiences in the helm. In a few years time you then have a couple more homegrown Englishmen candidates to choose from as the next head coach”