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Better catching is the key to winning, says Bayliss

Published 09/01/2016

England head coach Trevor Bayliss
England head coach Trevor Bayliss

Head coach Trevor Bayliss is confident England's catching will improve in Johannesburg after mistakes in the drawn second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

England struggled with their catching at Newlands as seven chances that went to hand went to ground to let South Africa, 1-0 down in the series, off the hook.

"I'm disappointed about our catching," admitted Bayliss.

"We'll certainly be working on it but no more, no less than what we've done in the past. We do spend a lot of time on the catching especially.

"That's why it's disappointing when you put in the hard work and every now and again it doesn't work.

"If it continues then that would be more of a concern but we've caught pretty well in the last six months. Hopefully it's a one-off."

One-day international captain AB De Villiers has been confirmed as skipper after Hashim Amla's surprise decision to stand down despite a double ton.

Bayliss added: "I don't think it'll have too much of a difference. They've got an able replacement. De Villiers is a guy with a lot of experience."

The third Test starts in Johannesburg on Thursday.

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