England Twenty20 skipper Paul Collingwood remained confident despite England slipping to a tense four wicket defeat against Twenty20 World Cup Champions Pakistan.
England looked on course for victory reducing Pakistan to 78/5 chasing a target of 149 but Abdul Razzaq stunned Collingwood’s men with a match winning 46 from just 18 balls.
"We've done some fantastic stuff in the last few games and the boys should be very proud" said Collingwood. "They've been working on their skills and we feel we are moving forward in this format of the game."
"There's no shame in losing like that, our two performances have been very, very good here" insisted Collingwood. "In Twenty20 cricket it only takes one batsman to have an exceptional innings and that's exactly what he did. It was pure hitting and very hard to bowl at him."
"But we are in a good groove. We will take this form and go into the World Cup with confidence. It was a good series. Kevin Pietersen was brilliant and is back in form now so that is a positive for us."
Collingwood also paid tribute to Yorkshire fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad who took two wickets in his first over in Twenty20 international cricket.
"He's come in against the world's best Twenty20 side and it's not easy when you're bowling against guys like that," added the captain. "But he's got the talent and he certainly has the pace and the aggression to go with it."
"When you've got a combination like that you learn all the time. He'll learn a hell of a lot from this experience. I know he enjoyed it, which is a good thing. He certainly didn't shy away from it. He's got all the attributes."