Colly focused on India

Skipper aiming to put off-field antics behind him

Last Updated: 19/09/07 2:06pm

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Collingwood: repentant

Collingwood: repentant

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England captain Paul Collingwood is keen to put recent events behind him and concentrate on Wednesday's World Twenty20 match against India.

Collingwood was fined £1,000 for visiting a strip club the night before England's defeat to South Africa last Sunday.

England also lost to New Zealand on Tuesday to leave their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals hanging by a thread.

The Black Caps must beat South Africa on Wednesday if England are to retain any chance of advancing from Group E.

Even a New Zealand victory would leave England needing to thrash India later in the day in order to improve their net run-rate sufficiently to overtake South Africa, who must then lose to India on Thursday to complete an unlikely scenario.


"The group is very interesting but what we have to do is win that game well and that means we all go out there with belief and try to express ourselves," said Collingwood.

"What we need to do is go out there and give it a good go. We have to win, we have to win well and we're also dependent on other results as well.

"As long as we give it a good go I'll be happy with the players. So far in this tournament the commitment and the effort has been really good, we've just been off the mark about 10 percent."


Part-time wicketkeeper Vikram Solanki will continue behind the stumps after impressing in the role during the loss to New Zealand.

Solanki was handed the gloves after Matt Prior's tournament was ended by a broken finger suffered during net practice on Monday.

"When I saw him (Solanki) practice the other day and saw the first ball go on the tips of his finger, I thought it was going to be a big risk," commented Collingwood.

"But he was fantastic. He looked like a natural. I know he's done a bit of keeping when he was young and he's had one innings for Worcester this year but he still came in and surprised us."

Should England reach the semi-finals, Durham wicketkeeper Phil Mustard - who has been called up for the ODIs in Sri Lanka at the start of October - will fly out to join the squad


England are also set to continue to select all-rounder Andrew Flintoff despite doubts remaining about the condition of his left ankle.

Flintoff is playing at the World Twenty20 with the aid of a pain-killing injection, but chairman of selectors David Graveney is not worried.

"The situation with Freddie is very clear in my mind - if there is any situation where his ankle worsens then obviously he wouldn't play," said Graveney.

"We're managing him on a 24-hour basis and he has shown he's still a major bowler in the team.

"We meet on a pretty regular basis to decide how to manage Freddie's injury, but if there is any likelihood of it getting worse then we would make the appropriate decision."

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