Chennai: Historically, the British are known for brave words in adversity and so is the case with the current England team that suffered an embarrassing defeat to neighbours Ireland in the 2011 cricket World Cup to find themselves in a tight situation.
Former captain Paul Collingwood displayed the customary “stiff upper lip” while fielding questions from the media on the sidelines of the Slazenger product launch function here Friday by asserting that England will bounce back and are not out for the count.
“The result against Ireland was disappointing. All the guys are disappointed, but the confidence level of the side was not affected.
“We are capable of bouncing back from such defeats. We have bounced back from such situations in the past and we will bounce back immediately,” he thundered as his team faces a challenging game against South Africa here Sunday.
“We are focused on what we need to do better in the game Sunday. South Africa is a top team and so are we. We won a series in South Africa. However, the conditions were different then,” Collingwood reminded referring to the 2-1 series win against the Proteas two seasons ago.
He admitted that the entire England team failed to stop the marauding Irish batsman, Kevin O’Brien, who slammed a record 50-ball century in Bangalore Wednesday night while chasing a target of 328.
“It’s not about five bowlers. We did not defend it (the total) as a team. We need to improve upon in some areas for the match against South Africa,” he said.
Collingwood refuted that England’s rather flat performance in the World Cup was because of the fatigue factor, especially after their brilliant performance against Australia en route to winning the Ashes Test series.
“Probably it (the bowling) has more to do with the wickets that are like the road leading up to this hotel, very flat and also smaller grounds,” he said.
England are currently on three points from a win and a tie that put them in the third spot in Group B standings, behind South Africa (4), the West Indies (4) and India (3) while Ireland (2) also fancy their chances. The top four teams advance to the knock-out quarter-finals.