Staying true to our character is key to success, says Root

Sports Friday 01/April/2016 18:04 PM
By: Times News Service
Staying true to our character is key to success, says Root

Kolkata: England batsman Joe Root believes if they stay true to their character, it will not be a problem to beat West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20 summit clash on Sunday.
"I don't think there's been an attitude swing or the way we approach practice or anything like that. We went into the tournament and stayed true to what we believe in as a side and the way we play our cricket. I think that's probably been the most important thing," Root said ahead of the final.
The promising youngster struck a match-winning 83 from 44 balls to script their famous win against South Africa chasing a huge 230 as they have not looked back since then.
"It's about making sure that we did not go away how we wanted to play and the way we wanted to approach our cricket. Having that self-belief in each other and we could get and win against South Africa and build our confidence from that point onwards. Everyone contributed in some way, shape or form which is always nice getting into the final," Root said.
He however credited the captain and coach duo of Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss for this turnaround, especially after their ignominous exit in ODI World Cup in Australia last year where they had failed to get past any team apart from minnows Scotland and Afghanistan.
"Morgan's captaincy has been fantastic across ODI and T20Is. We've chosen this way and approach probably has been a little bit shift for us and we stuck to our guns and when we went wrong we have not taken a step back. We have looked forward all the time.
"We still have got a very inexperienced side but a keen bunch of players who are willing to learn and improve. It will only make us better in the long run. That's a massive factor how we got to here. Obviously, the management has been calm and positive. Guys have stuck to their gameplans. Everyone has gone about their businesses." - PTI