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England cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss asks Joe Root to skip IPL

12 January 2018

A number of England players are expected to feature in the IPL player auction on January 27 and 28, including all-rounder Ben Stokes, who last played worldwide cricket in September as he is waiting to see if he will be charged with actual bodily harm following a street brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol.

"I told Andrew Strauss (director of England cricket) probably 12 months ago that September 2019 is when I'm contracted to and that would see me out", he said.

By contrast, Australia was knocked out in the group stage of the Champions Trophy - though they were not helped by rain - and have lost (21) almost as many ODIs as they have won (26) in the past two years. Whether you're going well or not I've always felt that round about that four-year mark is time to change.

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James Vince will slightly reassess his approach after a lean Ashes series, but doesn't believe below-par performances from England's batsmen should end Test careers. Being well-acquainted to the demands of the domestic league, Bayliss added: "It's just a Catch-22 situation".

Bogged down by the loss of their skipper Joe Root, who had been hospitalised overnight for gastroenteritis, England were bundled out for a meagre 180 in their second innings, with paceman Pat Cummins claiming 4/39. During this time, England have won 15 games and drawn five - but lost 18.

England meekly surrendered Ashes 4-0, and though that result wasn't so shocking considering Ben Stokes's absence, the fight and fearlessness demonstrated by the visitors in last two years was missing from this series.

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"I think someone coming for the first time as captain, even with experience, it's going to be a hard tour to be on", Bayliss said. "I think I'm the right man to lead the team forward".

Mark Stoneman and James Vince look set to be granted a stay of execution when England visit New Zealand.

The Test squad which travels to New Zealand next month is unlikely to show too many drastic changes, perhaps even just one change apiece in the batting and bowling ranks. Trying to fill those last three of four spots so you've got that consistency in the team would help away from home. Only one cricketer who made his Test debut under Bayliss - Dawid Malan - has established themselves in the Test game. For all the positivity from the England & Wales Cricket Board about the overall vitality of the sport - chief executive Tom Harrison declared that the sport was "in extremely good shape" after the Ashes urn has been relinquished - and the reality that England have had the two most onerous tours in world cricket in consecutive winters, Bayliss's record as Test coach is abject. "If guys like that can capitalise on their starts and make big hundreds that gives us across out top seven players who are performing well".

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England cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss asks Joe Root to skip IPL