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'Batting second doesn't scare our guys' – Bayliss
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'Batting second doesn't scare our guys' – Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss has issued a warning to Australia that his side won't crack under pressure if they have to bat second in the semi-final at Lord’s.

England lost to Australia in the group stage after stumbling while chasing 285 at Lord’s.

England were knocked over 221 against Australia and also stumbled in run chases against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

But Bayliss insisted he has no concerns that England will crumble under pressure if they find themselves to chase down a total.

"Over the past four years we have won 14 of the last 17 times we have batted second," he told BBC Radio 5Live's Sportsweek programme.

"So batting second doesn't scare our guys and the wickets are a little better now than they were earlier in the tournament. We are full of confidence and happy to be in the semi-finals."

'Australia loss more related to our approach'

Asked about England’s loss to Australia in the tournament earlier, Bayliss said: "I think it was more to do with the way we approached the game.

"We came in off a bad loss to Sri Lanka in the game before where we got completely away from our style of play I guess and I think there was still a bit of a hangover in that next match.

"After that the boys made a commitment to going out -- win, lose or draw -- to play to their strengths and we did that in the next two games and put in a good performance so it is about sticking to our processes and how we play well."

England’s batting success is likely dependent on whether openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow can fire their side to another blistering start.

The pair have been key in recent matches, with Roy coming back in the side instead of Vince and giving crucial starts to his side.

Bayliss admitted Roy is under the spotlight for a place in the Ashes squad against Australia starting August 1.

"I think so. Jason has had success at international cricket and that goes a long way to being able to handle the pressure so it is a definite option," Bayliss said.