England’s defeat against the West Indies in its opening game will have no impact on Sunday’s final at the World Twenty20 when they meet again, captain Eoin Morgan insisted Saturday.
“It’s two completely different teams,” Morgan said. “We’ve grown as a side from every game. It’s difficult to compare sides from the first game to the final of the World Cup. I think the strides we have made in the last 12 months, this (winning the final) would be a great reward for the mindset we have shown and the hard work we’ve put in.”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said he respected England but was confident his “boundary-hitting team” will win.
Despite scoring 182-6, England started with a six-wicket loss to the West Indies on March 16 as Chris Gayle smashed a 48-ball unbeaten century before a successful 230-run chase against South Africa put England back on track.
It had hard-fought victories over Sri Lanka and Afghanistan before a resounding seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the semifinals with 17 balls to spare.
“I’ve always stressed that the talent we have in the changing room, the hard work put in, the key component within that has been the mindset. The mindset of the players, the mindset of the backroom staff and it has rubbed off on everybody. I think tomorrow the opportunity we do have is a product of that,” he said.
Morgan was all praise for the pace bowling pair of Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan, who have been clinical in the death overs.
“It’s a small ground here given that it could be a good wicket, that’s going to be a key area for us,” Morgan said. “I think the last game we went for 20 runs in (the last) four overs, two from Stokes, two from Jordan. I thought they were very clear in their thoughts and executed exceptionally well.”
Sammy conceded that 2010 champion England was now a different team to the one beaten early in the tournament with Joe Root, Jos Buttler and opener Jason Roy all among the runs.
“We’re not taking anything away from England, they have improved every game since that defeat to us,” Sammy said. “They’ve their strengths and it’s up to us to come up with a better plan than what they execute. We have the belief in the dressing room that our brand will make us victorious come Sunday.”
Sammy said he was impressed with England’s death bowling but backed his batsmen to once again come up with explosive batting to seal a second title for the 2012 champion.
“I think since the inception of T20s you’ve seen West Indies is a boundary-hitting team. We know the power we have in the dressing room. We’ll focus on England but more or less focus on us and we believe if we do what West Indies can do best, we’ll always be destructive in this format,” Sammy said.
West Indies defeated England, defending champion Sri Lanka and South Africa in group games but fell to a surprise seven-run loss to qualifier Afghanistan.