England are faltering at Test level but Trevor Bayliss’ record across all formats means he will be hard to replace

England are faltering at Test level but Trevor Bayliss' record across all formats means he will be hard to replace

After Bayliss had met up with the England team for the first time, at a training camp in Spain, they caught flies, swallows and pigeons in the 2015 Ashes, not least on that famous series-clinching morning at Trent Bridge when Stuart Broad took his eight wickets for 15 runs; but the personnel have changed so much since, especially the batsmen, who form the bulk of any slip-cordon.

After the toss – Joe Root won all three in Sri Lanka, and with them the Tests, whereas he lost all three tosses here – Bayliss assumed the inscrutable pose every England coach needs to have, such is the roller coaster.

The main stand has a viewing platform in front of the away dressing-room, and Bayliss took up his place on one of the dozen seats, behind his sunglasses and under the blue sunhat he presumably does not wear in bed but does almost everywhere else. He watches every ball – nervously, by his own admission – though he had Ramprakash and the bowling coach Chris Silverwood to talk to.

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