Colly hails England's best

Skipper lauds the country's bowling unit

By Phil Jackson.   Last Updated: 15/10/07 12:51pm

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Collingwood: Praises bowling brilliance

Collingwood: Praises bowling brilliance

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Paul Collingwood believes England's improved attack is principally responsible for the turnaround in one-day cricket.

"I don't think I can remember an attack this good."
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Seamers Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and off-spinner Graeme Swann took the wickets in England's first major series win on the sub-continent for 20 years.

That means the Durham all-rounder has now captained England to successive one-day series victories against India and Sri Lanka.

England's new fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson has had an immediate impact on the team and Collingwood is convinced this is the strongest bowling line-up he has played with since making his debut in 2001.

Quality

"I don't think I can remember an attack this good," said Collingwood. "The key thing is that it has been a collective thing.

"When you bowl together in pairs and you're not letting the batsmen off that's when pressure builds in one-day cricket.

"One of the areas that has surprised me more than anything is how quickly they have adapted their games.

"It hasn't swung, seamed or bounced around in Sri Lanka but they have hit the bat hard, varied pace and been very, very skilful - as a unit they have been fantastic."

Nottinghamshire left-armer Sidebottom was rewarded for his 12 wickets by being named Man of the Series, and Collingwood now wants to see England take their form into the Test series, starting on 1st December.

Belief

He said: "Expectations from outside the camp were that we were going to be well beaten, but there was a lot of belief in the dressing room that we could come here and create a bit of history.

"I think that belief came from the India series because we built up something special there and once the one-day squad got back together after the Twenty20, there was a great buzz around the place.

"Belief is the key thing. That is probably 50 per cent of coming out here, believing you can do it. If our one-day side can do it then hopefully the Test side can do it.

"Michael Vaughan has been out here a couple of times before and he has been successful as a player out here so that bodes well."

And the one-day captain will find out if he makes the Test touring party when chairman of selectors David Graveney names his squad for the three-match series on Friday.

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