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Collingwood looking for improvement against South Africa

Paul Collingwood and Graeme Smith will both be looking for improvements from their sides when England and South Africa clash in Barbados tonight.

Paul Collingwood and Graeme Smith will both be looking for improvements from their sides when England and South Africa clash in Barbados tonight. England and South Africa got their Super Eight campaigns off to winning starts, with Collingwood's side drubbing Pakistan, the defending champions, by six wickets and the Proteas prevailing by 13 runs against New Zealand. Kevin Pietersen starred for England with an unbeaten 73, but Collingwood believes his team could have done better.

"It was a good performance," the England captain told the Press Association. "But we can improve on it as well. There were certain areas we weren't very good. "If we improve on a few things, that will be good." South Africa, who lost their opening game of the tournament to India, have won two on the bounce back and Smith believes that bodes well for a side chasing their first major world title. "They [England] will have confidence, but we faced them in a warm-up game so we have a pretty good idea how we'd like to play against them," Smith told AFP. "If we can improve five or 10 per cent, then we will push England hard."

Pakistan dropped five catches in the loss to England and they will need a much better performance in the field against New Zealand today if they hope to keep their semi-final hopes alive. "It can be very frustrating, the way we dropped the catches and the way we fielded," Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, told the Press Association. "But we're not out of the tournament, so we don't really have to worry about that."

Compiled by Ahmed Rizvi Pakistan v New Zealand, 5.30pm and England v South Africa, 9.30pm, both on CricOne