The Ashes: Bayliss stays bullish

POSITIVE PAIR: England’s Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss. (AP)
Updated 08 December 2017
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The Ashes: Bayliss stays bullish

LONDON: Trevor Bayliss claims England left “a few scars” on Australia during 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 Test of the five-match series, leaving the tourists trailing 2-0 and on the verge of losing the Ashes.
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.
And the England coach is determined to focus on that rather than the failure to ever really look like winning either of the two Tests so far.
“We have got a few scars there with the Australian team,” Bayliss 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.”
Joe Root was also positive after the game, saying England were “still massively” in the 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 the dressing room is definitely there.”
Bayliss said the team played well in final days of the Adelaide day-night Test, but they needed to make more than 220 runs in an innings to stand a chance in Perth.
“If we do that well we can put more pressure on Australia than we did on this match,” he said.
 


Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma star in India’s big ODI win over West Indies

Updated 21 October 2018
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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma star in India’s big ODI win over West Indies

GUWAHATI: Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma hit sparkling centuries Sunday to lead India’s eight-wicket demolition of West Indies in the first one-day international in Guwahati.
Kohli made 140 and Sharma took an unbeaten 152 for a record 246 runs to flay the West Indies bowling attack during their team’s 323-run chase.
The hosts, who swept the two-Test series against the visiting Caribbean side, romped home with 47 balls to spare.
The effort from Kohli and Sharma easily overshadowed a dominant 106 by West Indies batsman Shermon Hetmyer in his team’s 322-8 after being put into bat first.
In reply, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in just the second over of the innings after he was bowled by debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas.
Kohli then took charge with Sharma, who was happy playing second fiddle to his in-form captain, as the duo put on India’s biggest-ever ODI stand against West Indies for any wicket.
The skipper built on his quickfire fifty to get his 36th ODI ton in just 88 deliveries, hitting Roach for a boundary to make the three-figure mark amid loud cheers from a packed home crowd.
Sharma, who was relatively quiet till his captain’s 100, soon got cracking and reached his century with a boundary off spinner Ashley Nurse.
The two marauding batsmen started to toy with the opposition bowlers before Devendra Bishoo got Kohli stumped against the run of play. Kohli smashed 21 fours and 2 sixes.
Sharma went on to hit the winning six with Ambati Rayudu, who remained unbeaten on 22, at the other end.
West Indies had their moments in the game when Hetmyer smashed six fours and six sixes during his 78-ball knock to give his side what looked like a competitive total.
Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets, returning impressive figures of 3-41 from his 10 overs, to check West Indies’ surge.
Hetmyer, who registered his third ODI century in just his 13th game, built crucial partnerships including a 60-run sixth wicket stand with skipper Jason Holder, who made 38.
Bishoo, on 22, and Kemar Roach, on 26, put on 44 runs for their ninth wicket unbeaten stand to take West Indies well past the 300-run mark, which in the end proved insufficient to test the Indian batting.
The second ODI in the five-game series is scheduled for Wednesday in Visakhapatnam.