England assistant coach Marcus Trescothick acknowledges World Cup choice is inflicting nervousness amongst the squad however has backed Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone to come back good.
Malan and Livingstone struggled throughout Sunday’s emphatic 74-run defeat to New Zealand at Edgbaston, which saved the four-match T20 collection finely poised at 2-1 to the world champions forward of Tuesday’s finale in Nottingham.
While Malan and Livingstone have been each named in final month’s preliminary squad for the 50-over World Cup, Harry Brook stays the elephant within the room after Ben Stokes’ choice to reverse his ODI retirement noticed Brook not noted.
Brook has responded in scintillating vogue and even white-ball captain Jos Buttler admitted there’s a “long time” left with England not pressured to nail down their ultimate 15-man squad till September 28.
Trescothick admitted: “When there is that element and the noise from outside the changing room is going on, of course you start to question (things) sometimes, especially if you are not playing well, but you deal with these anxieties and problems on many occasions.
“It is up to the individuals, with our help as coaches, to get the best out of them and to get them in the right frame of mind. That’s all you try and do, right?
“You can only keep going into the middle, keep going into the nets and doing the right things because eventually it falls back into place.
“These are challenging times and we know that. Selection always brings that little something but it is about pushing and to keep giving them that opportunity.
“That is what we will do from our point of view, support them as much as we can and give them every opportunity then leave the rest for either them to score runs or the selectors to do what they want to do after that.”
If Brook is to pressure his approach into England’s World Cup squad and ultimate XI, Malan and Livingstone are heading up the listing of susceptible events.
Malan contributed an 11-ball innings of two in Birmingham after a four-ball duck at Old Trafford and whereas he scored 54 within the collection opener, the 36-year-old was dropped by Trent Rockets in final month’s Hundred to spotlight his lack of fluency.
But Trescothick insisted: “We have been working at various times in the nets and opportunities when we do, talking about the fundamentals of what he does when he plays well and what he gets right.
“We won’t change that practice in what we’re trying to achieve, but it takes a bit of time.
“You know when you are going from not having batted much for the period the players have been in The Hundred, they need an innings, they need a score.
“Sometimes it is a journey, sometimes it is quickly but we will keep doing the same stuff and eventually it will click back into place. There is no doubt about it.”
Trescothick is equally satisfied about Livingstone regardless of a lean spell with the bat with a high rating of 28 in The Hundred, whereas he has not handed fifty for England since final July in opposition to Netherlands.
“Before we know it, he will be back and playing a major part,” England’s assistant coach mentioned of Livingstone, who took one wicket for 55 on Sunday.
“He has played a decent amount of games, but he wouldn’t have batted a massive amount, so you still need that rhythm, timing and volume of balls you face. That’s what we will try between now and going into the World Cup to obviously get that volume up.
“The package Liam brings, the all-round cricketer we know he is and what we’ve seen in the past, let’s just give him that little bit of time.
“We know what he can do. He can win you the game with the ball or win you the game in the field, or with the bat so let’s let it happen.”