Trevor Bayliss will step down as England coach in 2019

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England coach Trevor Bayliss will walk away at the end of his contract in 2019 but has vowed to begin the job of building a team ready to win in Australia.

Bayliss insisted the 4-0 Ashes defeat, which was confirmed with this week’s crushing loss in Sydney, had no bearing on a decision that had long been made and it had never been his intention to stay longer.

Having started his tenure by winning the urn in England in 2015, he will sign off next September after another home Ashes contest.

“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.

“I’ve never been anywhere any more than four or five years. Whether you’re going well or not I’ve always felt that round about that four-year mark is time to change. A new voice, a slightly different approach slightly reinvigorates things, so I passed that on to him 12 months ago.”

Announcing his plans shows admirable honesty from the plain-speaking 55-year-old but with English fans, players and administrators all desperate for an improved showing Down Under in four years’ time, it is also a brave step.

Put simply, many of the most important issues facing the national – over selection, style and even infrastructure – will be overseen by a man who will be gone before crunch time arrives.

It puts him in a position somewhat akin to second-term president, trying to institute initiatives he will not benefit from and which could be easily reversed by his successor.

If anything, that elevates Test skipper Joe Root’s importance even more, a fact Bayliss is happy to promote.
“I’ve got no problem working towards a long-term goal even if I’m not going to be there,” he said.

“You leave a coaching position hopefully with the team in a better place than when you started. Joe Root as the captain will still be there and there’s a base of six or seven players that will still be young and good enough to be in the team.

Trevor Bayliss and England skipper Joe Root

“The captain is in charge, but we’re there to help out. Joe is a young captain and I would expect in four years when he comes back, with another four years’ experience and an away Ashes under his belt, he’ll feel a lot more comfortable.”

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.

Reactions to Ashes’ defeats have certainly been more dramatic than that in the past but Bayliss accepts the side must evolve if it is to reach new levels.

That process will get under way sooner rather than later, but with a warning attached not to expect instant results.

“It’s not going to be an overnight success. If you bring three or four young blokes into the team it will be a slower process as they learn what the international game is about,” he said.

“It’s about slowly getting them involved, not necessarily in the team but around the squad to begin with and filtering them into the team when positions become available or when they force their way in.

“If it is to occur that we’re not necessarily as successful as we’d like to be because we’re blooding some young players it’s about being able to take it on the chin. Hopefully everybody realises we are heading in a certain direction.”

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Two good, two bad as Philander leads Proteas to victory over India in first Test

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Vernon Philander led South Africa to a victory at Newlands.

South Africa’s fast bowlers, led by Vernon Philander, blasted through India’s batting as the host nation gained a 72-run win on the fourth day of the first Test on Monday.

Set 208 to win the first of three matches between the world’s two leading Test teams, number one-ranked India were bowled out for 135 by their nearest challengers.

Here, we look at the good and bad performances of an action-packed Monday in which 18 wickets fell at Newlands.

THE GOOD

SHAMI FINDS HIS RHYTHM WHILE BUMRAH CONFIRMS HIS TEST CREDENTIALS

India’s senior-most pacer may have looked off colour in the first innings, but he came out all guns blazing on Monday and was on song from the first delivery of the day.

Mohammed Shami looked to be back at his best as he generated good rhythm and pace clocking over 140 km/h regularly.

The 27-year-old removed both of South Africa’s overnight batsmen in Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada to provide India with the early advantage before trapping Vernon Philander in front of the wicket to cap off a stunning display.

Jasprit Bumrah may have leaked runs in the first innings on his Test debut but he did show promise with some uncomfortable deliveries for the batsmen.

The 24-year-old showed his class in the five-day format with a hostile and fiery spell that broke down South Africa’s attack.

He accounted for three of the home side’s notable strong middle-order. He first sent back Faf du Plessis with a venomous delivery that gave the Proteas skipper no chance, before finding a faint inside off Quinton De Kock’s bat to remove the menacing wicket-keeper batsman.

He finished off South Africa’s resistance with the wicket of AB De Villiers to complete a remarkable opening session for India where they picked up eight wickets for 65 runs.

PHILANDER SHOWS WHY HE IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

After India’s pacers had run riot in the first session of the day, Philander demonstrated why there is no one better than him in such seaming conditions.

With the Proteas attack a bowler short in Dale Steyn, Philander made up for it in a masterful display of swing and seam at the Newlands.

With his ability to move the red-ball both ways, India’s batsmen were left second-guessing as the 32-year-old piled on one unplayable delivery after the other with breathtaking regularity.

He coxed Vijay into a forward defence to a delivery aimed at off-stump and the ball moved away at the last instance to take the opener’s outside edge.

Virat Kohli managed to get off to a confident start but his stay was short-lived after being trapped lbw to an in-swinging Philander delivery while trying to play across the line.

The seamer’s unpredictable movement then got the better of Rohit Sharma who could only play-on to his stumps.

He returned to pick up three wickets in a single over to claim his best-ever Test figures of 6-42.

Philander was literally unplayable on the Newlands pitch.

THE BAD

INDIA’S TOP THREE FAIL FOR THE SECOND TIME

While Cheteshwar Pujara had expressed confidence in India’s batting-card, the 208-run target was always going to be a mountain to climb for the visitors on a lively pitch.

India’s openers got positive starts but the pair fell in quick succession to give the Proteas the solid start they required in defence of a not-so-intimidating total.

After falling to an ill-conceived pull shot in the first innings, Shikhar Dhawan repeated his error as he seemed caught in two minds against a sharp Morne Morkel delivery.

Murali Vijay reviewed successfully twice in the opening half hour to earn a couple of reprieves but he would not be a third time lucky as Philander hit the sweet spot to take the right-hander’s outside edge.

With India reduced to 30-2, the pressure was on Pujara to provide some stability but the 29-year-old received an unplayable delivery from Morkel which kissed the outside edge of his bat to leave the visitors tottering.

Dhawan fell prey to the bouncer for the second time in the match.

INDIA’S MIDDLE-ORDER DOES NOT FARE ANY BETTER

While India’s top-order had failed spectacularly, their middle-order comprising captain Kohli fared no better as the visitors lost seven wickets before tea to all but end its hopes of a famous win.

Kohli seemed determined to set things right after his horrific dismissal in the first-innings as he ran hard between the wickets showing strong intent. He missed an in-swinger from Philander while playing across the line to fall lbw and his dismissal started a procession for India’s lower middle-order.

Sharma wafted weakly to a Philander delivery outside off and paid the price as he chopped onto his stumps. First-innings hero Hardik Pandya poked loosely to a Rabada delivery which straightened after pitching to compound India’s misery. It was all but over for the tourists when Wriddhiman Saha was trapped on the pads in the last delivery before tea to the excellent Philander.

Pandya was unable to repeat his first-innings exploits.

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South Africa‘s fast bowlers, led by Vernon Philander, blasted through India‘s batting as the host nation gained a 72-run win on the fourth day of the first Test at Newlands on Monday.

Set 208 to win the first of three matches between the world’s two leading Test teams, number one-ranked India were bowled out for 135 by their nearest challengers.

Philander took six for 42 with Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada claiming two wickets each as India were subjected to a pace barrage in bowler-friendly conditions.

South Africa were reduced to three fast bowlers because of a heel injury suffered by Dale Steyn while bowling on Saturday.

Earlier, it had been the Indian bowlers who held sway when South Africa were bowled out for 130 in their second innings, losing their last eight wickets for 65 runs.

India’s run chase started promisingly with Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan putting on 30 for the first wicket, although Vijay was reprieved on review twice after being given out against Philander, for leg before wicket and a catch behind the wicket.

But then Dhawan was caught at gully off his bat handle when he got into a tangle against a lifting ball from Morkel. Six balls later it was third time lucky for Philander as Vijay edged a catch to AB de Villiers at third slip.

Philander claimed the key wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli, who had looked confident in scoring 28 before he was trapped leg before wicket.

Philander struck again when Rohit Sharma was bowled off an inside edge and Rabada dismissed first innings top scorer Hardik Pandya for one, caught by a diving De Villiers at third slip.

Rabada trapped Wriddhiman Saha leg before with the last ball before tea to leave India in a desperate situation in a match which hastened to a conclusion despite the loss of the third day because of rain.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put on 49 for the eighth wicket before Philander took the last three wickets in the space of four balls.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were the main destroyers of the South African batting, taking three wickets each.

Shami started the collapse, dismissing Hashim Amla with the ninth ball of the morning and taking three wickets for 28 runs.

Bumrah took three for 39, including the wicket of South African captain Faf du Plessis, who fell to an unplayable delivery which lifted sharply off a good length and flicked a glove.

Despite being ruled out of the rest of the series, Steyn, who arrived at the ground on crutches, limped to the wicket as the last batsman in an effort to keep company with De Villiers, who top-scored with 35.

He managed to defend four balls from Kumar but De Villiers was caught off Bumrah in the next over by Kumar, one of eight fielders stationed on the boundary.

Wicketkeeper Saha set an Indian record by taking ten catches in the match, five in each innings.

After being under covers for two nights and a day, the pitch offered plenty of seam movement and occasional steep bounce.

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