Bayliss: I've never seen Dawson play


Trevor Bayliss has no qualms about the selection of the uncapped Liam Dawson in England's World Twenty20 squad despite never having seen him play.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Dawson was a surprise inclusion in England's 15-man squad for the tournament that starts in India in March.

However, the 25-year-old impressed during England Lions' recent series against Pakistan A and head coach Bayliss is keen to have a third spin option alongside Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.

Bayliss, though, admits that his trust is placed in England's selectors, having only seen Dawson perform in practice.

"He's had some outstanding performances for the Lions over the last two or three months," Bayliss told the England and Wales Cricket Board's official website.

"To be honest I haven't actually seen him play a match at this stage. I've watched him a few times at practice and certainly personality-wise he's got something about him.

"He bats, bowls and fields - an all-round package. It's exciting to watch a young player get his opportunity and we'll have to wait and see whether he plays in India.

"He can be a back-up to our two main spinners and if the wickets are really turning then we might decide to play three at some stage. I'm very happy for him and wish him all the best."

Bayliss also confirmed pace bowler Steven Finn should be fit for England's Super 10 opener against 2012 champions West Indies on March 16.

Finn left South Africa, where England are touring, early after suffering a side strain in the third Test against the Proteas.

"He's coming along really well," Bayliss added. "The medical people said before he left South Africa that he would more than likely be available for the last T20 match here in South Africa.

"We thought we won't risk it, we'll make sure that he's right for the World T20. I think he's just getting back to bowling now. It hasn't been that long since he bowled so I'd expect that he'll hit the ground running when we get to India."