England's squad against New Zealand labelled a joke

Geoffrey Boycott said the result of the recently concluded Ashes series was a fair reflection of the gap between England cricket team and Australian cricket team with most of the standout performances coming from the home side

Geoffrey Boycott said the result of the recently concluded Ashes series was a fair reflection of the gap between England cricket team and Australian cricket team with most of the standout performances coming from the home side

Australia's four front-line bowlers-Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon-dominated the series, emulating predecessors Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Lyon in the 5-0 home series whitewash four years earlier.

"It was interesting when Bayliss was asked about Mark Stoneman before his selection and he said he'd never seen Stoneman bat".

"I'm contracted to September 2019 and that will see me out", the Australian told BBC Sport.

Although Bayliss led England to an Ashes series victory in 2015, recent Test results have been disappointing.

Jos Buttler has offered strong support to coach Trevor Bayliss crediting him with the resurgence of England's one-day cricket since he took over after the dismal World Cup campaign in Australia three years ago.

"I guess, at the end of the day, everybody knows where they stand, and it gives England almost two years to find a replacement".

The Daily Mail's cricket correspondent Paul Newman said the tour had been blighted from the start."From the moment Ben Stokes cast a giant cloud over the series by becoming embroiled in an incident outside a Bristol bar to off-field drinking controversies, a "head-butt", allegations of unacceptable sledging and even suggestions of match-fixing and ball-tampering, this Ashes had just about every "scandal" going".

"Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage", they said.

Bayliss admits there is little he can do other than advise Root to look after himself if he wants to fulfil his aim of still being Test captain when England return to Australia in four years.

Root plays an important part for England when it comes to limited-overs.

And, despite the call for a change of playing personnel, struggling batsmen Mark Stoneman and James Vince have been picked for the two-Test series in New Zealand in March and April.

Right now, they look unrecognisable from the team which crashed (2-1) to a third successive home series reverse specifically at the hands of the Proteas last summer.

Bayliss insists England did all they could to compete here.

"Being hit on the head didn't outwardly affect Mark's confidence in his practice". [Dawid] Malan has probably cemented one of the spots.

Anderson said: "They have got a fantastic bowling attack and all the batsmen have come to the party, they've scored runs when the team needed them". Personally, I love Test cricket more than white ball cricket, I'm more of a traditionalist. Vince made attractive starts before falling to predictable modes of dismissal while Stoneman went from battling to embattled.

'We've known for a while that we haven't got a world-class spinner and we have to work through that process.

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