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Trevor Bayliss urges England not to lose focus

Trevor Bayliss urges England not to lose focus
Trevor Bayliss believes England's achievement in the tournament will be forgotten if they fail to win it.
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England coach Trevor Bayliss has warned his team not to lose their focus ahead of the knock-out stages of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India.

England, for only the second time in the history of the tournament, have qualified for the semi-finals, an achievement which is a significant turnaround from their performance in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Post the debacle of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, England changed their approach to the game and this change has brought them rich dividends.

In the ongoing ICC World T20, though England lost against West Indies in their first match, they managed to turn it around and won the remaining three games to go through to the semi-final.

Despite England’s success in the ongoing tournament, Bayliss feels that the team must be grounded and their aim must be to win the title.

“I've already read one or two text messages I got this morning from England.

“We've got to understand we haven't won anything yet.

"We've made the semi-final and yes, that's a good achievement. But let's not go over the top.

“It's just a semi-final. Let's keep everything in perspective.

“That can be difficult at times when you're reading newspapers, watching television reports and getting text messages from home, but that's a learning process.

“You have to go through that to see how difficult it can be."

Urging England to play good cricket, Bayliss expressed that if the team goes on to lose in the semi-final or the final, their exploits in the tournament will be quickly forgotten.

Further admitting that the other three teams which have qualified for the semi-final will be tough opponents, Bayliss wants England to play better than the opposition on the given day.

"If we lose on Wednesday or lose the final, no-one ever remembers the runners-up or the semi-finalists," he said.

"I've had losses before. No-one goes through their career with a perfect record, but you've got to give yourself the best opportunity to win as many times as you possibly can.

"That's about being in a good head space and not putting too much pressure on yourself.

"That allows you to play good cricket and if you can do that you give yourself a chance to win.

“We are down to the last four and are still in the competition, so we have a chance to win.

"Obviously the other three teams will be thinking the same, three other teams who have been playing very good cricket, so it's certainly not going to get any easier.

"But what we've got to do is make sure we're the ones who are playing good cricket, if we are then anything can happen."

England will play their semi-final on 30th March in Delhi against New Zealand, which is the only team to have remained unbeaten in the tournament so far.

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