Varied experience will help England, says Root
KOLKATA, India (AP):
Former champions England carry the confidence of overcoming different challenges during the World Twenty20 as they gear up to face the West Indies in tomorrow's final, leading batsman Joe Root said.
"We've found ways of winning games of cricket, which is really important," Root said yesterday ahead of a practice session at the Eden Gardens.
England, looking for a second title to add to its victory in 2010, lost to the West Indies by six wickets in its opening Super 10 game in Mumbai before turning things around with a 230-run chase against South Africa.
On a slower pitch in New Delhi, England won close games batting first against defending champions Sri Lanka and Afghanistan before an impressive seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the first semi-final.
Root is England's top scorer in the tournament with 195 runs, while Jason Roy (183) and Jos Buttler (155) have also been among the runs.
Its bowling unit has also been effective with pace bowlers Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes taking charge in the end overs with finesse.
"The way we've bowled at the death has been outstanding. It's about making sure everyone is doing what he does in practice. Every game has been rocking for us (in the tournament) so hopefully it will be the same" in the final, Root said.
Root said the big-hitters from the West Indies could be stopped if runs are dried up since they usually look for boundaries.
Chris Gayle had smashed a 48-ball 100 not out with 11 sixes and five fours to help chase 183 against England, while Lendl Simmons got 82 not out in 51 against India in the semi-finals with seven fours and five sixes.