England’s Mark Stoneman avoids a high delivery from Australia’s Mitchell Starc during their Ashes cricket test match in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Gateshead born Mark Stoneman has received the backing of England coach Trevor Bayliss ahead of England’s upcoming Test series with New Zealand.

Opening batsman Stoneman endured a mixed Ashes series after a positive start to the tour where he scored three fifties and a century during England’s warm up matches before scoring an impressive half century in the first Ashes Test.

Stoneman continued to show the grit and determination that had earned him an international call-up even if the runs weren’t flowing, his ability to stay at the crease for long periods received plaudits from pundits and teammates.

However, following a blow to the head during the third Test in Perth, amid a barrage of short deliveries from the Australian fast bowlers, Stoneman’s form has seemed to desert him, with his technique being questioned as the runs dried up.

Of the three least experienced England batsmen going into the Ashes, Stoneman, James Vince and Dawid Malan, only Malan really secured his place in the England line up, finishing the series as England’s top run scorer and one of only three English centurions after his superb 140 in Perth.

Despite this, England coach Bayliss has given his backing to the former Durham batsman and teammate Vince , telling Sky Sports: “It gets down to when is the time to move on and personally I think people like Stoneman and Vince probably get another couple of games to show us what they’ve got.

“I think at times during this series against what is probably close to the best bowling attack in the world in their home conditions, they have shown they can play a bit.”

Bayliss added: “I think they have done enough without anyone really pushing them from behind and they probably deserve another opportunity.”

Bayliss himself has announced he will be stepping down once his contract ends at the climax of the 2019 Ashes in England. England’s two match Test series against New Zealand begins on March 22 with a Day-Night Test match.