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Our focus not on just Chris Gayle - Eoin Morgan

Our focus not on just Chris Gayle - Eoin Morgan
Chris Gayle (left) scored a 48-ball century in the previous clash against England.
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England captain Eoin Morgan asserted that his team will be focusing on the entire West Indies team and just on Chris Gayle when both the teams lock horns on the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Kolkata on Sunday.

When the two teams faced each other in the Super 10 stage, it was Gayle, who single-handedly demolished the England bowling attack in a chase of 183 and secured a convincing six-wicket victory for West Indies.

Citing the example of the semi-final against India where Lendl Simmons played a splendid knock to take the team home in a chase of 193, Morgan described every player in the West Indies team dangerous.

"Even before we played the West Indies in the group stages I was quite firm in saying Chris Gayle wasn't just the West Indies team,” Morgan told reporters in Kolkata ahead of Sunday's final.

"It's important that when you playing against good sides you don't focus on one or two players.

“It's everybody, because anybody can hurt you and I think India witnessed that and everybody witnessed that with Lendl Simmons' innings.”

Earlier, England Test captain Alastair Cook urged the team to play with freedom and not overhaul by the hype surrounding the final .

Replicating Cook’s view, Morgan wanted the players to play with a positive frame of mind.

"We're quite real about things. We know it's not going to be a normal game.

“Even in the semi-final that we played there was a lot of hype around the expectation of playing in a final.

"I want all of our players to embrace it.

“Tomorrow everything will feel a little bit rushed to start with; it's important we're in a really good frame of mind to slow things down when needed and more importantly execute our skills.”

The England captain also confirmed that all the players are fit and available for selection ahead of the Sunday game.

"Everybody is fit for selection which is great.

“A couple of guys were sick over the past few days, but they have pulled up well today so everybody will train."

In the 13 T20I games played between the two teams, England have won just four while West Indies won the remaining nine matches.

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