“It is a big challenge for us who is going to open the innings ” Bayliss


England coach Trevor Bayliss is concerned about who is going to open against Pakistan in the upcoming series as the final decision is yet to be made. Both Alex Hales and Moeen Ali failed to impress the selection committee as they were dismissed cheaply during the side games against Pakistan A.


England coach Trevor Bliss was talking to media during the post-match Press conference in Sharjah (via khaleejtimes.com)

“It is a big challenge for us who is going to open the innings. No one at the moment is putting his hands up for the job. Moeen might be a better choice because he can handle the spinners well,”

Bayliss siad that they will make their final decision regarding who will fill the opening slot after looking at the pitch and conditions in Abu Dhabi which is the venue for the first test match.

He said:-

  “We know opening the innings is a highly technical job and Moeen has never opened in a first class match yet. We still have got four days to decide and keeping in mind the wicket in Abu Dhabi, we will finalise the playing eleven “

English coach was satisfied with the way the English side performed in the two side games before the all important test series

“I am satisfied with the performance of the team in the two-day games here and some of our batsmen (Ian Bell, Jos Buttler and James Taylor) have had a good outing. I hope it will help them to perform better in the Tests.”