Batting woes concern Bayliss

06 August 2018 08:22:48 EST

England coach Trevor Bayliss accepts that the team's batting collapses continue to be a concern for him.

England won the first Test against India by 31 runs at Edgbaston but collapsed from 216-3 to 287 in their first innings and were 87-7 in their second innings before eventually rallying and reaching an all-out total of 180.

England will be without all-rounder Ben Stokes for the second Test at Lord's which will put even more pressure on some of the under-achieving batsmen.

Bayliss said: "Someone else has got to take up the slack. Someone, or two or three guys, will have to do the extra yards. That will be a telling factor for the next match.

"I'd be lying if I said it [the batting collapses] wasn't a concern. It always has been.

"In this game, it's got to be taken in context. The four innings, there were wickets falling left, right and centre - all batters were in trouble."

England have called up Surrey batsman Ollie Pope in place of the struggling Dawid Malan, who also dropped a number of vital slip catches at Edgbaston, and Chris Woakes.

England are 12/5 to win the second Test, which is scheduled to start on Thursday, while India can be backed at 11/2 to triumph and level the series up at 1-1. The draw is available at 4/6.

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