England has left ‘scars’ on Australia: Bayliss

England has left ‘scars’ on Australia: Bayliss

ADELAIDE – Agence France-Presse
England has left ‘scars’ on Australia: Bayliss

England coach Trevor Bayliss says his team left “a few scars” on Australia in the Adelaide Test, suggesting the home side’s second innings batting performance will have some players feeling “nervous.”

The fighting talk came after England slumped to a crushing 120-run defeat in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide, leaving the tourists trailing 2-0 and on the verge of losing the five-Test series.

Despite succumbing again, Bayliss was upbeat about his bowlers skittling Australia for 138 in the second innings, leaving England with a chance of chasing down a record 354-run victory target.

“We have got a few scars there with the Australian team,” he told the BBC.

“There will 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.”

Captain Joe Root was also positive after the game, saying England were “still massively” in the Ashes series.

This is despite England not beating Australia at Perth’s WACA Ground since 1978, where the third Test starts next week.

“We’ve shown throughout the two Tests in periods we can out-perform Australia, but just not over five days,” said Root, who scored 67 in the second innings run chase but failed to stay at the crease long enough to give his side a realistic shot at winning.

“If we can perform to our ability for longer periods of time we’ll win games. The belief in dressing room is definitely there.”