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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bayliss: England had 'backsides smacked'

England had their "backsides smacked" in the humbling 405-loss to Australia in the second Ashes test at Lord's on Sunday, according to their coach Trevor Bayliss.

The hosts crumbled to 103 all out in around three hours on the fourth day as a rampant Australian side levelled the series in emphatic fashion.

"It was pants down and backsides smacked," Bayliss told reporters. "We were outplayed in this game.

"It's never a great start when they're 300 for one and we were always chasing the game from there."

Australian Bayliss led England to a surprise 169-run victory in the opening test in Cardiff, his first match in charge of the team.

"We knew the Australians would come back hard in this match, and they will be full of confidence now they've got their A-game back," the 52-year-old said.

"What we've got to do is go into the third game and worry about what we're doing, not what they're doing."

England recovered from 30 for four in their first innings to score a respectable 312, although it was well short of Australia's massive total of 566 for eight declared after they won the toss.

"I was very happy in our first batting innings - 4-30 is not a great start, but I thought we played well to finish up with over 300," Bayliss said.

"I don't think we used the new ball terribly well on the first morning and we just let them get away."

Bayliss admitted his team's bowling at Lord's was not good enough. "If you look at the two matches our bowling down in Cardiff was very consistent," he said.

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