Trevor Bayliss' 'kick up the a***' worked, admits Alastair Cook

Johannesburg: Alastair Cook credited a 'kick up the a***' from coach Trevor Bayliss for England's stunning victory charge in Johannesburg. The third Test against South Africa lay perfectly poised at lunch on Day Three, with SA 16 without loss in their second innings and setting about building a lead.

Alastair Cook. Pic/AFP
Alastair Cook. Pic/AFP

But Bayliss issued an animated call to arms at the interval and watched on as Stuart Broad produced another magical spell for his seam bowling scrapbook.

Cook praised the usually taciturn Bayliss for his fiery address: "Trev gave us a kick up the a*** at lunch.

"Rather than sulking about it the lads looked at themselves, led by Broady, and I think there was a real intensity in the field for that two-hour session."

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