Former coach sees La Nina help England

Never before have English tourists so wished their Australian summer stay would turn into a wet shower.

But as far as former English coach Trevor Bayliss is concerned, the wet weather event, which is La Nina, could help propel the country’s Ashes campaign forward.

The Australian-born Bayliss famously constructed England’s rebellious Ashes victory in 2015 at home and helped reveal the homeland of the left-hander in his 2019 series.

There had been a thought that people like David Warner and Marcus Harris would have a markedly better time this summer on flatter wickets, after an average opening grandstand of just 8.5 two years ago.

And although Bayliss expected life would be harder for England’s fast this summer than on nail-biting tires at home, he warned that weather would still be a factor.

Players are preparing for a green Gabba wicket in next week’s series opener after weeks of rainfall, while above-average rainfall is expected over the next three months.

“In Australia, the ball doesn’t move quite as much and the English bowlers will have to come up with something else,” Bayliss said.

“But having said that, there has been some talk about the weather Australia will experience this summer, so it will be interesting to see if that makes a difference.

“Does the ball move around a little more? Does it swing a little more? Does the wicket get more due to the weather?

“All those things we will all learn in the first test in Brisbane.”

Bayliss also sees Ben Stokes as yet another immense bonus for England following his late admission to the summer.

He was forced to endure the 4-0 series loss in Australia without him in 2017-18 as the all-rounder battled an accusation of waste following a nightclub match in Bristol.

England have only won six of 18 tests without him in the last four and a half years, compared to 21 of 39 with him in the side.

“He’s a huge bonus … after obviously not being here in the last one,” said Bayliss, who is set to coach the Sydney Thunder in the BBL this summer after leaving England after the ashes of 2019.

“It’s not just his batting or his bowling or his fielding. He’s just one of those guys.

“He is a leader in the group. But he has a very positive influence on the group.

“There are times when he did not play due to an injury in England and I think the team felt his loss when he was not there.

“When he plays, he is able to pull many more of the players with him.”


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