Four successive victories has convinced England captain Paul Collingwood that they have the complete team in Twenty20 cricket.
England are spot on, says Collingwood
ST LUCIA // Four successive victories have carried England into the ICC World Twenty20 final - and convinced captain Paul Collingwood they now have the complete team in the shortest format. Collingwood, whose mantra throughout has been that England can still do better, was struggling to say the same about his team's latest performance. "Let's be honest, there aren't too many areas we can improve on," he said.
"We just need to keep the same mentality - and that's going to be the hard thing, going into a big game." The signs that will happen are good, according to the England captain. "The boys keep responding; every time we talk about it off the pitch, we analyse the opposition strengths and weaknesses and we keep executing our plans. "The batsmen at the top of the order keep doing it as well, and we're not going to go too far wrong."
All of the above happened at Beausejour Stadium, where England restricted their semi-final opponents, Sri Lanka, to just 128 for six - after Kumar Sangakkara had won the toss - and then knocked off the runs with four full overs to spare. Asked how England have come so far, from appearing less formidable not so long ago, Collingwood cited the selection of Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter at the top of the order, and slow left-armer Michael Yardy with the ball.
"Sometimes they are the finishing pieces of a jigsaw," he said. "We had some very good players in and among others. But this is what we needed, a spark at the top of the order. "Everybody saw it as a bit of a gamble, but we selected them on potential and we knew exactly what they could do. "They've batted fantastically well and really helped the middle order to overcome totals." * PA