Paul Collingwood © Getty Images
Paul Collingwood feels that one can never win anything by playing conservative cricket  © Getty Images

Sep 15, 2014

Paul Collingwood has urged England to take up an aggressive attitude before the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Collingwood is the only English player to have lead his country to victory at a major International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament.

He lead the English side to victory at the ICC World Twenty 20 (T20) in West indies and was also a part of the coaching team alongside Ashley Giles during England’s recent tour to Bangladesh, reported the The Guardian.

Collingwood said in an interview, “The big thing for winning World Cups is confidence. If they can get a good run of form and momentum going into the tournament, you never quite know. All it takes is a couple of players to click and put in good performances.”

Collingwood feels that the composition of the England’s World Cup squad will become clearer once their squad for the Sri Lanka tour will be announced. He further believes that England skipper, Alastair Cook‘s position will remain vulnerable after his side were exposed by India last month in the One-Day International (ODI)series.

He said,  “Confidence and belief was the big thing for us, it’s absolutely huge. I always say you never win anything playing conservative cricket. You win things by being more on the more positive and aggressive side of the line than conservative.” He further added, “That was the big thing in 2010. I think they have got some good match-winners. The runup to the World Cup is going to be crucial. If they can get some wins under their belt and confidence you never know.”