Trevor Bayliss, England Coach admitted that the English batsmen need to improve a lot to play Ravichandran Ashwin. Ravichandran Ashwin picked seven wickets in the Edgbaston test. The Indians gave a good fight for the hosts though they lost the first test match by solid performances of the captain Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ishant Sharma.
Bayliss said that the English should mend their ways to prevent losing wickets quickly. Ashwin managed to dismiss Alistair Cook in both the innings of the first test match. Bayliss said that they are working on ways to play Ravichandran Ashwin. He picked crucial wickets like Keaton Jennings, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Stuart Board as well.
Jonny Bairstow slammed 70 runs, Joe Root scored 80 runs, and Sam Curran scored 63 runs while all other English Batsmen scored nominal numbers. On the other hand, Virat Kohli scored 200 runs from both the innings and his other teammates added 214 runs. India will play England in the second test match on 9th August. Sam Curran added 63 runs in the second innings when England fell to 87/7.
Bayliss said “We’ve got a few guys who are not necessarily cemented in the team – and that puts extra pressure on people like Root, (Jonny) Bairstow and those guys to make the big scores,”
”I don’t think it’ll be any different for India. The way (Kohli) played (in the first Test) was high-class stuff. (But) if we can put pressure on the other batters in the team, that’s going to add to the pressure on him. When the ball’s moving, we’ve shown that a few of their guys do struggle against it. I’m sure that they’ll be going away working out how they can play it – as we’re working on how to play the off-spin.” He added.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a concern … losing plenty of wickets in quick succession,”
“(But) the four innings, there were wickets falling left, right and center. All batters were in trouble — even Kohli, who I don’t think was all that comfortable early on.” He concluded.