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England coach Trevor Bayliss is thriving off raucous support

By David Clough

Published 14/07/2015

Dream start: Trevor Bayliss
Dream start: Trevor Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss is hoping England's new-found adventure can engage the Lord's crowd, just as it did for four sold-out days of their victory over Australia in Cardiff.

Alastair Cook barely put a foot wrong as captain, and his team embraced their brief to attack whenever possible as they took a 1-0 Ashes lead.

For England's Australian coach Bayliss, in the first match of his tenure, the 169-run win was an eye-opener about the support available to his new team as they take on his native country.

Lord's, venue for the second Investec Test which starts on Thursday, can verge more towards the sober - but Bayliss thinks he knows what to expect.

"The atmosphere was fantastic and I think the boys were appreciative of that as well," he said.

"You play well; you get the support - and because of that support, you play even better. So one helps the other."

England, who head to Lord's with an unchanged 13-man squad, responded to an early spot of bother at the SSE SWALEC by simply counter-attacking their way to supremacy - from 43 for three to 430 all out in their first innings, thanks to Joe Root's man-of-the-match century.

Cook was less successful with the bat, adding only 32 to his record-breaking Test bank of 9,000 at the start of play.

Bayliss understands why the captain perhaps sought to impose himself more than normal - he fell trying to dominate early in both innings - to try to set the example he wants his team to follow.

But if Cook recedes to a more measured approach at the crease, and fellow senior batsman Ian Bell does likewise, the coach will not be complaining.

"My message to Alastair Cook is to go out and play his own way," he said. "Certainly, people like Alastair and Belly have scored plenty of Test hundreds.

"My advice to them would be to go out and bat like you always have done. Those two guys are class players and can change their game to suit any situation. The rest of the guys can bat around them."

England's collective confidence that their new commitment to attack can work is nonetheless growing.

Bayliss added: "We were talking as a group about being mentally aggressive - not necessarily trying to whack sixes and fours, but if you are mentally aggressive when those boundary balls do come along your feet are moving and you put them away.

"Sometimes, that message can take a little bit of time to sink in."

Meanwhile, Australia are optimistic that left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc will recover sufficiently in time for Lord's from an ankle injury.

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