Kolkata: Heartbroken after being outdone by Carlos Brathwaite's four successive sixes in the final over to lose the World T20 final, England coach Trevor Bayliss said the West Indies batsmen were the best in the "power-hitting" business.
"I don't think there's anything that we did wrong. It was just some fantastic hitting in the last over. Someone has to do something remarkable to do that. He's done it for them at no 8. The hitting power they got right down is probably strongest in world cricket which is tailor-made for this format of the game," Bayliss told reporters after their four-wicket loss yesterday.
With 19 runs to defend from the last over, England were in with a chance to lift the crown but Braithwate did the unthinkable with English pacer Ben Stokes at the receiving end.
Strongly supporting his pacer, Bayliss said, "No one is blaming Stokes for anything. It was not for him... To be honest, he's heart and soul of this team. His fielding and the effort he puts, we will go a long way.
"Obviously it's disappointing tonight but extremely proud with the way they played through last two weeks."
Marlon Samuels had some heated exchange with Stokes and Bayliss said both were to be blamed.
"I think there's a bit history between those two since the England tour of the West Indies. I can't comment on that.
Some words are spoken and I don't think the opposition was squeaky clean either. It's not all one way."
Bayliss however said they fell short in batting as the struggled early on to put up 155/9.
"I thought we probably little bit short with the batting.
The character and the effort they put to come back we knew we were in if we took some early wickets to put pressure on their team. We saw how they were under pressure in some of the other games chasing low totals. We thought that was our best chance and we got off to a great start, all credit to the boys."
In their defence, England captain gave the ball to Joe Root in the second over in a masterstroke as the part-time off-spinner accounted for the prized sclaps of Johnson Charles (1) and Chris Gayle (4).
"Gayle sometimes does not necessary like facing the off0spinners early. It was just to see what happens and we could not have asked for a better over," said Bayliss.
The loss was reminder of their 2013 Champions Trophy final loss to India at home where they had collapsed from being 110/4 with 20 needed from 15 to go down by five runs.
But Bayliss, who took over after their ignominious ODI World Cup exit last year, said they are going in the right direction.
"The upside of this team is they can go a long way. If we look at the number of matches England team has played compared to some other teams who missed out in the semis, add up the number of white ball games these players have played internationally, we are a long way behind. Given that kind of experience, there is a lot of upside for this team. We have to keep playing good cricket. We won a lot of games so it's good from that point of view.
"Cricket is back on the front page almost. It's back on people's mind. Probably it has not been in the last one or two years. Definitely the support will come through. There have been so many text messages, e-mails already. I'm sure that support will carry on to their players, they will feel that.
We're looking forward to the summer at home with the support."
Despite being praised for his captaincy, Eoin Morgan had a woeful run with the bat averaging 13.20 from six innings in the World T20 but Bayliss said his poor form is just temporary and added he's the right man to lead England to ODI World Cup at home in 2019.
"Not worried about it. We surely feel disappointed on anyone when they are not scoring runs as they would like. But the good thing about this team is that we have someone else to get the slack right throughout the tournament. We don't think there's ever 100 per cent of batters in the team which score loads of runs. It's always one or two guys missing out, the good teams are the ones who make up for those guys who may be a little bit out of runs.
"There's no reason why he can't. Obviously like anyone els,e form will come back over a period of time but for what he's done as the captain of the team, he deserves to stay in that position."
Published Date: Apr 04, 2016 09:17 pm | Updated Date: Apr 04, 2016 09:17 pm