Trevor Bayliss boosted by England's stellar win over Pakistan

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Jos Buttler was the undisputed star of England's series-clinching win over Pakistan, completing a succession of outstanding individual performances over the past 10 days to cheer coach Trevor Bayliss.

England's 3-1 triumph, after being trounced by six wickets in the first match, included a contribution of note at some point from numbers one to XI.

In a team unchanged throughout, Buttler's brilliant century from just 46 balls - the fastest in England's one-day international history and joint-seventh on the global list - followed several other hugely encouraging efforts from his team-mates.

Openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy have each hit maiden ODI centuries, and every batsman in the top six has passed 50.

Roy's 102 merely set the stage at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday for back-to-form Buttler to hit 10 fours and eight sixes with a display which left his team-mates speechless in admiration back in the dressing-room.

It powered England to 355 for five - Joe Root also made 71 in a stand of 140 with Roy - and they then bowled their hosts out for 271 in 40.4 overs, with spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali taking three wickets each.

It was significant consolation, as three years ago on the corresponding tour, for Test defeat in the United Arab Emirates - with three Twenty20s still to come.

Bayliss believes team spirit, as well as collective ability, is a key factor.

"They're enjoying their cricket; they're enjoying each other's company and each other's success - and it's showing out on the field," said the Australian.

"There's been some fantastic innings in this series.

"Root and (James) Taylor have also done extremely well - everyone in the top six has contributed more than once.

"So too have the bowlers, and it's added up to a fine performance."

The coach believes it is a success which demonstrates England's white-ball potential - with the ICC World Twenty20 a high-profile assignment to come in India next spring.

He added: "It's great to win away from home, especially on the sub-continent against a team like Pakistan who are playing in conditions they know very well.

"They should have a lot of confidence from the way they've played, going into the three Twenty20 matches - knowing they can play in these conditions against this quality of opposition.

"It's another step on the way to that World Cup in March and April."

The first of three matches in the shortest format will take place back in Dubai next Thursday.

"We want to play this Twenty20 series and win that as well as we possibly can, but it's also a bit of a testing ground," said Bayliss.

"We've got a few players that haven't been involved in this series that could get a run in the Twenty20 series."

There is a longer-term ODI objective too, of course - the 2019 World Cup on home soil, in which England hope they can at last break their duck in a global 50-over tournament.

"Our goal is obviously a World Cup in four years' time, but there's no use thinking about that right now," said Bayliss.

"We've got a lot of hard work to do between now and then.

"Yes, it's good to win matches and series like we did, but we can't rest on our laurels."


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