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Joe Root, left, says England 'can't wait' to contest the World Twenty20 final against West Indies.

Joe Root - England camp upbeat ahead of World Twenty20 final against West Indies

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England's players cannot stop smiling at the prospect of battling for the World Twenty20 trophy in front of 66,000 fans at Eden Gardens.

Just a year ago the national side were bundled out of the World Cup playing a brand of one-day cricket that looked timid and outdated and few would have given them any chance of succeeding here in India.

But the arrival of Trevor Bayliss as head coach, and with him an influx of fresh, fearless faces into the side, has seen England emerge as one of the most exciting white ball teams on the planet and carried them all the way to a final with the West Indies.

Joe Root, one of the survivors from the dark days 12 months ago, insists they are enjoying every minute.

"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 seen the lads on the bus they have just been smiling," he said.

"You can't beat it. I think everyone is excited and can't wait to get out there.

"Every game here so far has been rocking so let's hope it will be the same on Sunday.

"It would certainly be a very special day if we could win it here."

England did win the competition in its third edition in 2010, with the Windies capturing their crown two years later.

And while captain Eoin Morgan is the solitary survivor of the triumphant Three Lions side, their opponents are expecting to field eight of the XI that lifted the trophy.

That big match experience is sure to count for something in the heat of battle, particularly with key Englishman such as Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and David Willey are appearing at their first global tournament.

But Root believes the inscrutable Australian Bayliss can help even up the odds by keeping his team level-headed and focused no matter how things unfold on the field.

"Trevor has been great throughout," said Root.

"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.

"It always feels like Trevor is very calm and relaxed about everything. Whether that's the case under the surface I'm not sure.

"But 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."

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