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England skipper delighted to end one-day title drought

Last Updated: 17/05/10 10:58am

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Jumping for joy: Collingwood

Jumping for joy: Collingwood

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Paul Collingwood placed England's triumph at the World Twenty20 on a par with the Ashes wins in 2005 and 2009.

"The way England were playing, we probably needed 200. They've had a wonderful tournament."
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Collingwood, who leads his country in the short format only, hit the winning runs to see off old rivals Australia by seven wickets in the final.

The victory was England's first at a global International Cricket Council one-day tournament.

"It's right up there, it's got to be," Collingwood told Sky Sports.

"This is our first World Cup we've ever won and the boys deserve it.

"We've put a lot of hard work and effort in and the boys are absolutely thrilled we came out today and put that performance in."

Work ethic

England's limited-overs performances have been criticised for some time and Collingwood attributed the improvements in his team to hard work.

He added: "We've got some good players in the side, the work ethic we've had over the past year and we're starting to see the results on the pitch.

"There's a lot of confidence in the side; you can see the belief that we've got going out on the pitch.

"The power that we've got, the thought processes the bowlers are using, the fielding, everything seems to be stronger."

Even when England had Australia on 8-3 after sending them in, Collingwood was not ruling out a response.

He said: "No chance. Not with what they did against Pakistan the other day (when Australia successfully chased a target of 192).

"Obviously if you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best and it was a great performance.

"When we got those three wickets early doors we gave ourselves a great opportunity to put them under pressure.

"They fought back, put on a partnership and got themselves up to a score they could defend.

"But the way KP and Kieswetter took the attack to them, we deserved that victory."


Australia captain Michael Clarke, meanwhile, was magnanimous in defeat.

"I don't think we scored enough runs," said Clarke. "I think you've got to give credit to England, they outplayed us today.

"We've played really well throughout the whole tournament.

"We're obviously disappointed in the final to not get the result but I think we should hold our heads high.

"Australia in Twenty20 are only going forward. We tried our best, we just got outplayed today.

"The way England were playing, we probably needed 200.

"They've had a wonderful tournament."

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