Trevor Bayliss read the riot act to England after their abysmal batting display against Ireland in an attempt to shake them up before the Ashes.
England crashed to 85 all out in a post-World Cup hangover at Lord’s before their bowlers got them out of jail by skittling Ireland for 38 to win by 143 runs.
Now the England coach, who will return to his native Australia after the Ashes, wants a big improvement and has told his team not to try to ‘bluff’ their way through the biggest Test series in cricket.
‘We had a fairly stern chat after the game,’ said Bayliss of what was described by insiders as a proper dressing down. ‘It’s good to be able to deliver those messages when you have actually won a game.