England owe it to Trevor Bayliss to give him the winning send off he deserves

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England's Jonny Bairstow walks off the pitch dejected after his wicket is taken by Australia's Mitchell Starc during the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford
Jonny Bairstow has endured a tough Ashes series but wants to end it on a high Credit: Reuters

It hurt watching Australia celebrate retaining the Ashes at Old Trafford and we have to use that as motivation to win this week which would in turn give Trevor Bayliss a good send off as coach.

People have talked about a World Cup hangover. I don’t believe that to be the case. The scheduling has been pretty ruthless this summer. You can look at the lack of red-ball cricket we played going into this series as a problem but that was purely down to a lack of time. A couple of their lads, like Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Bancroft, played a lot of championship cricket which helped them but we could not have done that because of the schedule.

There is nothing we could do about that as players. But...

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