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Bayliss tips England to be best in the world

By Rory Dollard

Trevor Bayliss believes his England side are on the way to becoming "something special" following their series victory in South Africa.

The Australian is six months into his tenure as head coach, but has already overseen two memorable triumphs - regaining the Ashes in his first attempt last summer and now overturning the Proteas on their home patch with a game to spare.

The England dressing room is led by a vastly-experienced trio of Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Johannesburg match-winner Stuart Broad, not to mention prize batsman Joe Root, but there are plenty of others closer to the start of their international journey. The other seven players on duty at the Wanderers have each played less than 30 Tests and, if managed well, could reasonably be expected to continue growing.

Bayliss is avowedly not a man to focus on the minutiae of the International Cricket Council's rankings, he clearly believes the team's current number five spot is a modest reflection of the talent at his disposal.

"It's hard to look into the future but you look at some of those players ... the potential is there," he said.

"But potential never won anything. You have got to go out and do the hard work and not take everything for granted.

"You have got to go out and keep having that attitude on the field, keep striving to get better.

"We prepare to go out and play good cricket. If we play good cricket we'll be in with a chance of winning. If we win a few Test matches there'll be a chance of going up the rankings and becoming the best team in the world.

"The future of this team could turn into something special."

SCORES: South Africa: 313 and 83 all out, England: 323 and 77 for 3 (AN Cook 43) England won by 7 wickets

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