Collingwood sees 2010 Twenty20 similarity in WC campaign

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 09:38 AM IST

Chennai: The uncanny resemblance to England`s group stage campaign in last year`s Twenty20 World Cup has convinced the die-hard optimist in Paul Collingwood that the team can repeat the script and win the 50-over title as well.

Chasing their maiden ODI World Cup, England have jeopardised their quarter-final prospects by going down to lower ranked teams such as Ireland and Bangladesh and need to beat West Indies in their last Group B match on Thursday to stay afloat.

Collingwood is deriving inspiration from the Twenty20 triumph he led England to in West Indies last year.

"We have to remember the Twenty20 World Cup experience," Collingwood told reporters on Sunday.

"There also we were under pressure but were able to fight back ... it`s a matter of getting our games together and delivering when it matters most."

In West Indies, England lost to the hosts and their group match against Ireland was abandoned before they made it to the next level.

Collingwood insisted England, once they clear the group stage, can still win the title despite their inconsistency.

"We have to beat the West Indies ... it`s not all over for us and still if we can win four games on the trot, we can win the World Cup."

"We knew that going through the group stages is tough but if we can go through the group stage, anything can happen."

Collingwood reckoned having the Ashes, which England won in January, and the World Cup so close to each other did not help his team.

"Having Ashes and World Cup back-to-back is not an ideal situation. It`s like playing two Olympics back-to-back."

Bureau Report