Trevor Bayliss wants to see England reaction as one-day favourites

• Head coach says England are among World Cup front-runners
• ‘If we go into all series as favourites, that will be good practice’

Trevor Bayliss was measured when asked to dissect his England side’s performance after a commanding 4-1 ODI series win in Australia. The finishing touches came on Sunday with a 12-run victory in the new Perth Stadium, capping a dominant fortnight for a team on the up.

Further reasons to be cheerful followed when Bayliss confirmed that Ben Stokes is expected fly to New Zealand within a couple of days of his first court hearing, scheduled for 13 February. The date clashes with England’s Twenty20 tri-series fixture against New Zealand but it is understood England hope Stokes’ comeback will be in the five-match ODI series starting against the same opposition on 25 February.

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