Root heaps praise on calm Bayliss


England batsman Joe Root has hailed the influence of head coach Trevor Bayliss as the team prepare for Sunday's World T20 final against the West Indies, saying the Australian brings a sense of calm to the dressing room.

Almost all of England's World T20 games have been tense affairs but Bayliss has remained emotionless whenever he is shown in the dugout.

Root said: "Trevor has been great throughout. 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 took a moment to praise skipper Eoin Morgan even the left-hander is going through a lean patch with the bat in the middle-order.

England have bought into a new aggressive approach since crashing out of last year's World Cup in the first round and Root says Morgan has been instrumental with the way the team has gone about things.

Root explained: "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."