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Strong batting line up gives England the edge

Paul Collingwood is hoping Englandís long batting line up will help fire his team past Sri Lanka and book a place in the Twenty20 World Cup final on Sunday.

"This is certainly the most powerful England side I've played in," said the England skipper.

"When you look at all the guys going down to probably number 10, everyone can hit sixes. A lot of credit has to go to the boys for what they are doing with the ball as well, because they are thinking for themselves," he added.

"Whereas maybe in the past they were always kind of guided by the captains, they really are going out there and thinking what the opposition's strengths and weaknesses are and adjusting the fields accordingly."

"That's been one of the crucial things in our development. We've got to take all that talent we've got on the team sheet out into the middle."

"Thankfully, we've done that. There were times against Ireland, where we were close to going out of the tournament. You were thinking 'all this potential we've got, and we were nearly going outí".

"We had that little bit of an early scare, which wasn't probably a bad thing - because it kick-started us into something special."

"I guess if someone gets a hold of us, that's probably an area we've got to make sure we really nail down. It's not a worry of mine, because I think we've got the skills in the bank to be able to do that."

"But nobody has grabbed us - like a Razzaq in Abu Dhabi, for example - as yet. If that situation comes around I'm sure one of the bowlers will stick their hands up."

"Quite a lot of the guys haven't played against the angle of (Lasith) Malinga, his skiddiness, his 'change-ups' - and not many of us have played much against (Ajantha) Mendis."

"When guys are bowling 24 balls at you, you can't give yourself six or seven to get yourself in against them. That's one of the things we need to make sure we overcome; we need to watch as much footage as possible and talk about it between ourselves."

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