Jason Roy made an electric start to England's pursuit of 305 in the first one-day global against Australia in Melbourne.
Australia captain Steve Smith is sure this month's one-day worldwide series against England can hold its own against the allure of the Big Bash.
England's captain Eoin Morgan believes cricket's three formats are diverging at a rate that will soon make it impossible to have a single national coach across Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 matches.
"This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup", said the Dubliner on the eve of the five-match series. To be in that space you need to be setting or bucking trends or being able to adapt. The best way to address it is to be on the front foot. "We are going with the mantra that we always need to be on top of our game and testing the opposition the whole time".
Bayliss, however, deserves credit for what he has achieved, with England's one-day side unrecognisable from the ragtag outfit that so disappointed at the 2015 World Cup in Australasia.
One thing they do have in their favour is a relatively settled unit.
He has since been cleared of criminal charges but Stokes is yet to be told whether he will be charged by police and remains unavailable for selection until then. But they're a very strong team, certainly at home.
The make-up of the English attack is different, with Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid all arriving to try their luck. He doesn't miss a beat, he sees everything that goes on and his great strength is he's a great man manager.
"Ben is a fantastic player", said Morgan. Bridging that gap came quicker that we ever thought it would. They are running high on confidence and will look to transform it into a good performance when the two teams meet in the first ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
He had gone on to 60 when he scooped a delivery from Chris Woakes to Joe Root at mid-off, ending his 80-run partnership with Tim Paine (27) and costing Australia late innings momentum. "It is how you stem the flow".
No further clues were given as to the starting XI for the first of five ODI matches, although Morgan did hint that all three openers - Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales - could feature.
Hales has only just returned to the set-up having been with Stokes in Bristol four months ago, marking his comeback with a quickfire 52 in Thursday's warm-up win in Sydney.
"We play our best six batsman and all-rounder if we can and it will be structured like that", was Morgan's assessment.