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England batsmen need to turn starts into centuries, says Trevor Bayliss

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As England enter Queensland 11 days from a Test at the Gabbatoir, where Australia have not lost for 29 years, head coach Trevor Bayliss has called on his brittle batting order to start converting starts into centuries, and admits that the tendency to collapse - as happened twice in the penultimate warm-up in Adelaide - is a “concern”.

Mark Stoneman (three half-centuries), James Vince (an 82 and two starts) and Dawid Malan (two fifties) have spent time at the crease in England’s opening two matches but the tourists are yet to score a hundred on tour, and Bayliss says “the number one thing for us is that 60s are not enough. We need 160s”.

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