Bayliss: 'Root is under no pressure at all'
Joe Root is under ‘no pressure’ as England captain despite failing to retain the Ashes from Australia, according to Trevor Bayliss.
Australia lead the five-match series 2-1 with one Test to go, meaning it is confirmed they will retain the urn as they won the previous Ashes in 2017-18.
England's failure has led to doubts over Root’s captaincy particularly given his inconsistent batting throughout the series.
But Bayliss, who will be quitting his job following the final Test at the Oval, said there were no issues with England Test captain.
"He's not come under question from anyone making any decisions," Bayliss said. "He's under no pressure at all."
Speaking about Root's lean patch with the bat, Bayliss said: "Everyone goes through periods where they don't score as many runs as they'd like.
"I think the Australian team have bowled pretty well to him, so we'll see how things go further down the line.
"From my point of view, he was our premier batter and the Australians always try and target the opposition captain. He's played well when he's got starts and I don't see too many problems."
Steve Smith was accused of mocking Jack Leach in the aftermath of Australia’s 185-run win at Old Trafford. But Bayliss denied these claims.
"Fake news, like Donald Trump says," said Bayliss. "No one has mentioned it or spoken about it. It's all talk from you guys (the media)."
‘Sad to be leaving England role’
Bayliss will return to his home Australia after spending four years in the job and guiding England to World Cup win.
"On one hand I am sad to be leaving," he said. "It's been a fantastic environment to work in, everyone has made me feel at home.
"From a cricket sense we've had a lot of good performances, the cherry on top the World Cup win.
"But I am looking forward to getting home and it's time for someone else to come in with a new voice."
‘Root the best man to captain England’
James Anderson said Root is the best man to captain England and would have the chance to construct a good relationship with the new coach.
"He has done some great work," he told the Press Association.
"But the team has been developing over the last few years and going into a big series like this you want a settled team that's fit and firing. I feel for Joe as he's not quite had that. It's been difficult."
Anderson, who is currently England's leading Test wicket-taker, said he had no plans of quitting despite suffering from few injuries at present.
"One of the big frustrations about not playing is seeing the guys out on the field," he said.
"It's been great to see Jofra (Archer) taking to international cricket the way he has and Broady (Stuart Broad) has been fantastic all series. He's shown his class all the way through.
"I'd love to be a part of this bowling attack because I think we could have something special there."