That's what they're working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Gatting
Some dinosaurs back here still tut-tut at Gatting
's doomed bravado against the Aussies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in 1987.
"The trip to the UAE has been a good learning curve for the team and this should make them feel better as they head for tougher assignments," said Gatting
, who has played 79 Tests and 92 ODIs for England from 1978 to 1995.
Speaking of England's "disappointing" previous three games, an unconvincing win over Holland, a thrilling tie with India and devastating loss to Ireland, Gatting
said: "It would be nice to think we were just getting our worst cricket out of the way before heading into the knock-outs, because one bad game there and you're out."
At 9am, England team manager Mr Mickey Stewart made his first reconciliation approach to Mr Rana, who signified his intention not to take the field without an apology from Gatting
is confident that Strauss will be able to cope with the pressure thrust upon him, though, and has told Johnson he will be wasting his time by peppering the England captain with bouncers.
"Towards the end of the final there, they could have nudged their way through to win by one over," Gatting
Later, Rana triggered angry exchanges when he accused Gatting
found the scoring touch in the 50th minute, slotting home from the edge of the six-yard box.
Of the two, Gatting
must take more credit for his performance.
``England have played some good cricket and I don't think they got the credit they deserved," said Gatting
. "They've come home and there's one or two improving players in there.
But with both players being told by selectors they could not opt out of foreign tours Gatting
believes the effects on Stewart's England career could be terminal.