Collingwood relieved to be back in form

Updated: Feb 19, 2011, 15:39 PM IST

Dhaka: Relieved to be back in form with a fine show in the World Cup warm-up match against Pakistan, England all-rounder Paul Collingwood said luck played a major role in the revival.

Collingwood scored 65 and took three wickets in England`s 67-run win over Pakistan here last night.

"I probably had a little bit of luck early doors; sometimes you need that kind of luck," Collingwood said.

The score was Collingwood`s first half-century in three months and the 34-year-old, who retired from Test cricket last year, said he was glad to end the frustration of the past few months.

"On a personal note, it was nice to get some runs," Collingwood told reporters.

"It`s been quite a frustrating few months for me, not being able to contribute as much as I would have liked. Even though it was a warm-up game, I thought it was important I spent some time in the middle and tried to get that confidence going again -- and thankfully, it worked out well," he added.

The all-rounder said he was struggling to find out the exact reason for his downward slide.

"When it goes on for a while, you start to look for all sorts of reasons - technique, everything," he said.

"But in the end, you`ve just got to keep working, know it`s still there and it will eventually come right. I probably just gave myself a little bit more of a chance to get myself up to 20.”

"I guess when I`ve been taking the risks in the last 10 or so innings, that haven`t been coming off, it can be the difference between getting out and going on and making a big contribution," he added.

PTI