India vs England: Bayliss banking on others to step up in Ben Stokes’s absence

first_imgTrevor Bayliss has sent out a clear message to the England players before they take on India in the second Test at Lord’s from Thursday. The plan from the coach is simple – step up.England are looking at the rest of the players to step up in the second Test against India in the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes.Stokes grabbed four for 40 including the prized wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli that turned the game in England’s favour in the first Test at Edgbaston which the hosts won by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.But Stokes won’t be available for the ‘Three Lions’ in the next game as he faces a court hearing in Bristol this week on charges of affray. The burly all-rounder has been replaced by Chris Woakes in the squad.Read – India vs England: Dawid Malan dropped for 2nd Test, Chris Woakes returnsHead coach Trevor Bayliss said that England players must pull together to make up for the absence of Stokes.”It means that someone else has got to take up the slack,” Bayliss told the British media after the hosts defeated India by 31 runs in the opening Test at Edgbaston to take the lead in the five-match series.Read – Always a miss whenever Ben Stokes is not playing: Joe Root”It will be interesting to see who can step up and take his place. Someone, or two or three guys, have to do the extra yards. That will be a telling factor for the next match.”advertisementThe answer to the Stokes dilemma might be Sam Curran, whose presence in the team was described by captain Joe Root as “quite like two Ben Stokes in the side.”Sam Curran, playing only his second Test, proved his credentials with both ball and bat. His crucial 63 in the second innings gave England bowlers enough on the board to fight for.READ – 1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”Sam Curran has a great amount of skill; great having him in our side and he’s a very exciting and promising cricketer. He just didn’t seem to feel any sort of pressure with the bat and we just love having him in our side, quite like two Ben Stokes in the side. He is only in his second Test and it is easy to get carried away, but a great prospect for us,” Root said.Read – Ian Chappell feels Hardik Pandya can benefit from watching Ben Stokes bowl”We’ve got a few guys who are not cemented in the team and that puts extra pressure on people like (Joe) Root, Jonny Bairstow and those guys to make the big scores,” Trevor Bayliss said referring to the lack of runs from the middles order.As for that, England have also called up uncapped batsman Ollie Pope to replace David Malan, who had scored 28 runs across both innings and dropped catches aplenty. Right-handed batsman Pope has been in excellent form for Surrey as they lead the County Championship Division One.Since the start of the season, Pope has scored 684 runs in the Championship, at an average of 85.50, which includes three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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