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Collingwood hails England display

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood led from the front by scoring 57 off 32 balls

England captain Paul Collingwood was delighted with his team after the one-run Duckworth/Lewis Twenty20 victory against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Eoin Morgan's 85 not out helped England post their highest 20-over total of 202-6 as they fought back from a dismal defeat by South Africa A on Tuesday.

South Africa were stranded on 127-3 when play was abandoned.

"There are areas we've got to improve on but I'm ecstatic with the way we've bounced back," said Collingwood.

"We've shown we're a very good team when we play well. It was a great performance.

"Obviously it's completely different conditions, but just the attitude we took out there showed that we backed ourselves."

Collingwood was particularly happy with the way Jonathan Trott played in his first match against his former countrymen and reserved special praise for left-hander Morgan.

The South African-born Trott made 33 after coming in to face the second ball of the innings following Joe Denly's first-ball dismissal, while Morgan's 85 off 45 balls was the highest score by an England batsman in Twenty20 internationals.

"Tonight there was some exceptional batting, the way Trotty kind of got the innings going there up top," said Collingwood, who himself made 57 off 32 balls.

"And then the way Morgs came in and played - some of the strokeplay was just exceptional."


Counterpart Graeme Smith rued the intervention of the weather but refused to criticise either AB de Villiers or Albie Morkel, who needed just seven from the 13th over to force a tie.

They got six off the James Anderson over and their captain said: "They had their Duckworth/Lewis sheets and it's on the scoreboard, so I can't really be doing shuttles up and down there with the sheet.

"The biggest part of captaincy is to trust your players. Players will grow from decisions they make - the good and the bad - but I'm certainly not blaming anybody.

"I think it is disappointing we didn't keep ahead in that over, but if we had come off an over before we were ahead of the game."

However, Smith found plenty of encouragement ahead of the second and final match of the series at Centurion on Sunday.

"It was a disappointing way to finish but a quality way to start the summer," said Smith, who made 41 as his team reached 127-3 in reply to England's 202-6 before an electrical storm ended the contest.

"Collingwood and Morgan took the game to us but we fought back nicely and there are lots of positives to take into Sunday.

"There's lots of cricket to be played this summer and if it's played like tonight then it's going to be exciting."

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