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Buoyant England aim to wrap up series

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LEEDS, England (AP) It was only a week ago that the England cricket team was in a state of turmoil, with no coach, no real identity and seemingly no chance of winning the Ashes this summer.

All that changed in five days of absorbing, aggressive test cricket that lifted the gloom hanging over the national XI and brought the English public back on side. Even the incessant chat about Kevin Pietersen has reduced - and that's no mean feat.

England's 124-run win over New Zealand, completed Monday toward the end of a dramatic fifth day at Lord's, was followed a day later by confirmation that Trevor Bayliss - a highly respected Australian - had been hired as head coach.


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