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Collingwood positive about revival in form

Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 16:37 PM IST

Melbourne: England all-rounder Paul Collingwood believes his contribution with the bat during the fourth one-day international against Australia could help him revive from a career threatening slump in form.

Collingwood, who was relegated to number seven, scored a significant run-a-ball knock of 27 and shared 56 runs for the seventh wicket with Michael Yardy to propel England to a
formidable 299 on Wednesday in Adelaide.

The 34-year-old also chipped in with the ball, removing struggling Aussie stand-in skipper, Michael Clarke for just 15 and conceded only 22 runs off his seven overs as the visitors
registered their first victory in the current ODI series.

"Something like that can snap you back into form," Collingwood told the reporters.

"I remember listening to David Boon at (English county) Durham in 1998, and he said the game is 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent technique. I wasn`t sure what he meant at the time but that was before my international career. I know now that the mindset you take out to the crease means a lot - hopefully I will be more at ease when I next get out to the middle," the all-rounder expressed.

Collingwood had an unforgettable tour with the bat so far, making 83 runs in the Ashes before retiring from Test cricket, and lost his one-day place at the beginning of the current series only to return to fill the shoes of Kevin Pietersen, whose strained groin forced him out of action.

While a bit cross at being dumped down the order, the veteran cricketer said that the move actually helped him work his way out of his funk.

"It is disappointing going down to number seven but there were a lot of other guys in good form. But it was probably a good situation for me (when he got to the crease). I had to be
positive. After getting myself set, I freed the arms.”

"I was happy with my game. Well, it was good to get past 20 - I haven`t done that in a while," Collingwood said.

Emphasising on the team`s moral boosting victory after trailing 3-0 in the seven-match series Collingwood said, "Confidence is a huge thing in sport. Losing those first few couple of games, it can become a habit so it was good to break that," the cricketer added.

PTI