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Collingwood hails England Twenty20 players

Captain Paul Collingwood believes he could not ask any more of his players after England strolled to another comprehensive Twenty20 international victory over New Zealand.

The tourists followed up Tuesday's 32-run win in Auckland by cruising to a 50-run triumph at the AMI Stadium to maintain their 100 per cent record since arriving in the country.

Man-of-the-match Collingwood hit 54 off only 28 balls to rescue England, after they lost four wickets in 16 balls, and guide them to a highly-competitive 193 for eight before his impressive attack restricted New Zealand to 143 for eight in reply.

"I've said all along that New Zealand are a dangerous side and what we can take out of it is our own performances," said Collingwood, who hit five fours and three sixes in his innings and shared in an England record stand of 102 off 63 balls with Owais Shah.

"We've done a lot of talking in the dressing-room about what we're going to do, the plans were going to have and we've taken that out on to the pitch - I can ask no more of the players."

England now move on to Wellington for the start of the five-match one-day series on Saturday, but although Collingwood is delighted with their start, he believes the 50-over format will be a different proposition.

"I wouldn't say we've demoralised them because I think they'll realise it's a different form of the game, but what we can take is a lot of confidence from our performances," he said.

"The guys are really getting to know their roles in the side which is important and they're getting confident in those roles as well.

"We've played pretty good one-day cricket over the last two series and the guys know their roles in the side. This week was going to be the hard work because we haven't played Twenty20 cricket well in the past but the way the boys have responded and played this week is really a positive for the future."

Wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum, leading the side in the absence of injured captain Daniel Vettori, said: "I thought today was very disappointing - we didn't fire a shot throughout the whole game.

"England came at us strongly from the start, we managed a little bit of damage control for a while there and then after that we conceded pretty weakly.

"We haven't played well, there's no shirking that. The performances we've put out in the last two games aren't good enough. It's not a train smash but at the same time it's very disappointing.

"They definitely hold all the cards at the moment but in saying that I think we've got some players in the team that are good enough to turn the momentum back our way."

New Zealand are hopeful Vettori and key all-rounder Jacob Oram, who missed today's defeat with a left hamstring strain, will both be fit enough to return at the Westpac stadium on Saturday.

source - telegraph.co.uk
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