ICC World T20: England can successfully defend title, believes Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood is the only English skipper to have led them to win in any major ICC tournament Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Sep 10, 2012

Former international cricketer Paul Collingwood feels England can successfully defend their ICC World T20 title, saying that the current side is much better than the one which played in the 2010 edition.

Collingwood is the only English skipper to have led them to win in any major ICC tournament.

“I think England are in a good place. I think they are a lot better than we were two years ago with skill levels and that’s even without Kevin Pietersen in the side.

“Steve Finn is at a level we had last time. He is a wicket-taker. I think we have another great chance. One of the biggest things in Twenty20 in a World Cup is the mental state, your confidence levels going in,” he said.

“Hopefully they will go in with a couple of wins under their belts. Because we had this fresh wave, with players coming in Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb and it felt like, ‘Let’s go for it’,” Collingwood was quoted as saying by The Independent.

England lost their opening Twenty20 to South Africa on Saturday by seven wickets at Chester-le-Street, after which concerns were raised over their preparations for the ICC World T20 which begins on September 18 in Sri Lanka.

“The approach was we had never really won anything by going at things conservatively and playing in the English style so let’s try a more aggressive route. You have to identify why you haven’t won things in the past,” he said.

The 36-year-old said Kevin Pietersen s absence from the England squad will not make much difference.

“It would be a better team skill-wise with KP,” he said.

“But would it be a happier team?” Collingwood concluded.