Batting duo given Bayliss backing

09 January 2018 23:12:19 GMTPlus11

Mark Stoneman and James Vince have been challenged to join Dawid Malan in nailing down a regular place in the England Test team.

Left-hander Malan impressed in being the leading runscorer for the tourists as they were thrashed 4-0 by Australia in the Ashes series, making him a certainty for the upcoming two Test matches in New Zealand.

They do deserve a bit more of a chance.

Trevor Bayliss

Malan made 383 runs at an average of 42.55, recording his maiden Test century in the third Test match in Perth.

Meanwhile, both Stoneman and Vince fell just short of the 250-run mark, with their averages both in the mid-20s.

However, head coach Trevor Bayliss, who has confirmed that he will leave his post after the home 2019 Ashes series, believes that the duo have done enough to earn further opportunities - with England still searching for another two or three Test regulars.

He told reporters: "We've known for a couple of years we've been three or four performing players short of (being) a very, very good team.

"We've had good performances at home in Test cricket, but a lot of that's been on the back of our big five or six players. Trying to fill those last three or four spots would help away from home.

"Dawid Malan has probably done enough, he's probably cemented one of those spots we were after.

"James Vince and Mark Stoneman have shown what they're capable of, but would be a little disappointed they weren't able to capitalise on some of their good play.

"They do deserve a bit more of a chance. They were playing against one of the best attacks in the world in their home conditions and showed the potential they have."

Meanwhile, England are 1.20 to win the upcoming five-match one-day international series against the Baggy Greens and are 3.40 to secure a 3-2 series win, with Australia 1213.00 to claim a 3-2 victory.

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