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Confident England eye Twenty20 crown


England's 4-3 one-day series win over India last week had given the team confidence to do well in the inaugural Twenty20 world championships, captain Paul Collingwood said.

England and India arrived here from London earlier in the day after completing an exciting contest over the last two months in which India won the Test series 1-0 before the hosts extracted revenge in the one-dayers.

Collingwood said the team was excited by the series win and looked forward to doing well in the Twenty20 event despite lack of adequate preparation.

"We played some fantastic cricket against India and we come into the world Twenty20 with a lot of confidence," Collingwood told reporters here Monday.

"We have got experienced Twenty20 cricketers amongst our squad and hopefully they can give us a little bit of an edge over the other teams.

"We are all looking forward to it, we are buzzing. It has only been a couple of days since we won against India on Saturday and I think that a quick turnaround could work in our favour.

"I think basically the same kind of skills are used in both forms of the game, maybe it's just a little bit quicker.

"Of course it would have been great to get a couple of games in, but all the players are in good form and confident, and when you are confident you go out and play your best cricket.

"I think that will be a massive advantage to us," Collingwood said.

England, the most experienced team in the 12-nation tournament with a successful domestic Twenty20 competition, are drawn with world champions Australia and Zimbabwe in group B of the preliminary league.

The top two teams from the group will advance to the Super Eights round.

"I wouldn't make us favourites, that's the beauty about this competition," said Collingwood.

"Every team is coming here and thinking they could win it. Twenty20 cricket is like that. It only takes one innings to turn the match around or one bowling spell."

England's major worry is the fitness of leading all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who needed steroid injections to finish the one-day series against India due to a painful left ankle.

"We are just going to have to assess his fitness as we go along," said Collingwood. "Obviously he has a little bit of soreness in the ankle so we'll have to be sensible.

"But so long as he is desperate to play and it's the right decision for the day then Freddie will be playing."

England take on Zimababwe at Cape Town on Thursday before clasing with Australia on Friday at the same venue.

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