England bowlers don't fear Gayle - Paul Farbrace

England bowlers not feared of Gayle - Paul Farbrace
Chris Gayle scored 345 runs from nine matches against England.
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England's bowlers are not intimidated by the prospect of facing West Indies' swasbuckling batsman Chris Gayle in the ICC World T20 final, according to assistant coach Paul Farbrace.

During their previous encounter in the Super 10 stage in Mumbai, Gayle went berserk against the England bowlers and raced to an unbeaten century off just 48 deliveries to hand England their only defeat in the tournament.

The Jamaican was severe, especially against spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, scoring 48 runs off 20 deliveries off them.

However, Farbrace said that the England bowlers are confident of again taking on Gayle and will be backing their skills to get the left-hander out early.

"Gayle may or may not play a similar innings again, but what we do know is that we now have enough bowlers with enough confidence to back their skills," said Farbrace.

"They won't think, 'Oh he's hit me for a couple of boundaries and now I have to do something different'.

“You don't run in half-hearted or doubting your abilities.

"I'd be very surprised if any bowler is doubting themselves now.

“They've learnt quickly and they are sticking to what works.”

The final at the Eden Gardens will be Gayle’s 50th T20I game and he has already scored 1515 runs at an average of 36 from the previous 49 games.

Here is our analysis on Chris Gayle’s record in T20Is against various countries. 

Opposition Matches Runs Average
England 9 345 43
South Africa 7 307 43.85
Australia 8 299 42.71
New Zealand 6 246 49.20
India 4 159 39.75
Sri Lanka 6 76 19.00
Bangladesh 4 54 18.00
Ireland 2 18 18.00
Pakistan 3 11 3.66

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