London, May 19 (ANI): England’s Twenty20 winning skipper Paul Collingwood is adamant that the team must use their victory as a springboard to dominate world cricket.
Collingwood and his teammates returned to London on Tuesday still basking in the glory of beating Australia in Twenty20 final in Barbados, and says he hopes that the sort of attacking cricket that England played in the Caribbean can be equally incorporated into their Test and 50-over play.
“The brand of cricket that we’ve played over the last few weeks has been fantastic. The confidence, the self-belief that we showed on the big occasion on Sunday was pleasing,” The Independent quoted Collingwood, as saying.
“It’s a brand of cricket that we’re going to keep trying to improve. We’ve got to adapt it to different conditions – we’ve got a 50-over World Cup coming up next year in the sub-continent.
“I’m pretty certain that Strauss and Flower will want us to continue with that same type of cricket and I’m sure if we go out with that same mentality we’re going to scare a lot of sides in the way that we play,” he said.
The ICC T20 World Cup is the first global trophy that England had ever won and Collingwood is determined to ensure the likes of Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, and Kevin Pietersen build on that success in a busy 12 months ahead.
England now face Bangladesh and Pakistan, then travel to Australia to defend the Ashes before taking part in the next international tournament on the ICC schedule – the 50-over World Cup in February.
“The one thing we want to do is become better and better and if you stop and be happy with what you achieved then you don”t move anywhere,” Collingwood said.
“I think if you look at the great sides of the last 20 years, like Australia for example, they have gone and experienced these World Cup wins time and time again and that’s where we have to get to as a cricket team.
“The players are desperate to continue this kind of form and this brand of cricket and hopefully that will take us on to win a lot of silverware in the future,” Collingwood said. (ANI)