Trevor Bayliss admits there are World Cup spots up for grabs in England’s fast-bowling ranks after the series win in Sri Lanka. The England head coach handed opportunities to a number of pace bowlers in the final one-day international of the series in Colombo on Tuesday.
But the tourists’ attack went around the park as Sri Lanka, who had already lost the series, picked up a wide-margin consolation win by 219 runs (DLS method).
Bayliss admitted England had tinkered with their side, dropping skipper Eoin Morgan as one of three changes, in a bid to assess as many of the available fast bowlers as possible.
“Getting closer to the World Cup, we have one or two spots in the pace-bowling area that we have to nail down,” Bayliss told Sky Sports after the loss.
“We knew it wasn’t quite the right or our strongest structure in this game – we were a batter short – but it gave us an opportunity to look at some of the pace bowlers.
“It’s one thing giving guys an opportunity but they have got to take it. Somewhere along the line someone will stand up and do something good and that might be what gets that player into a World Cup squad.”