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Joe Root credits Trevor Bayliss for England's success in ICC World T20

Joe Root (right) has scored 195 runs from the five games in the tournament thus far.
Joe Root (right) has scored 195 runs from the five games in the tournament thus far.
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England batsman Joe Root has hailed the contribution of Trevor Bayliss in the team's success after having reached the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

England began their campaign in the World T20 with a loss against West Indies but with good performances, they bounced back and eventually made it to the finals where they will take on West Indies again.

Root said that while the players were quite excited to be playing in the final, Bayliss’ calm influence in the dressing room keeps the players grounded.

“Trevor has been great throughout," said Root.

"He's got an emotionless face, whether we feel like we're in front of the game or feel massively behind it, you never get any sort of tension or emotion from him.

"You dream of these opportunities as a kid, to play a World Cup final, and every time over the past couple of days I've looked round the dressing room or the lads on the bus, they have just been smiling.

"I think everyone is excited and can't wait to get out there on Sunday but it always feels like Trevor is very calm and relaxed about everything.

“Whether that's the case under the surface, I'm not sure.

"That's one thing that's really important in these tournaments, especially in the final, having that calm head in the dressing room that can bring you back down when you get too high or give you a lift if you need one."

Root also went on to praise the captaincy of Eoin Morgan in the limited overs formats and has credited the skipper for pushing the players to adapt the positive style of play.

Also lauding the efforts of the team management, Root reasoned that England’s desire to keep improving their game has held them in good stead.

"I think Morgan's captaincy has been fantastic across one-day cricket and T20 cricket.

"We've chosen this way and approach, which has probably been a bit of a shift for us, and we've stuck to our guns.

"That's a massive factor in how we've got here.

“The management have been very calm, a positive management that has supported Eoin's view on how we need to go forward.

"Guys have gone out and been brave and played the way the captain has asked them to.

“We've kept wanting to improve and when it's gone wrong, we've not taken a step back, we've looked forward every time."

In the final, England will face the West Indies once again, after having suffered a drubbing at the hands of Chris Gayle, who smacked a splendid century in the very first game.

However, after their first defeat, England have only gone from strength to strength and Root is confident that the team will be able to outdo West Indies in the all-important final.

"I don't think it matters, if you are going to win the World Cup you have to be the best team through the tournament.

"If we are going to win we are going to have to beat the side that beat us already, otherwise we would have had to have beaten India on home soil, so it's irrelevant who we play.

"Every game here so far has been rocking so let's hope it will be on Sunday."

The final of the 2016 ICC World T20 will be played in the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday with both England and West Indies vying for their second title. 

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