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Collingwood plays down England T20 loss to Australia

First one-day international: Australia v England
Venue: Melbourne Date: Sunday, 16 January Start time: 0320 GMT
Coverage: Live Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website (UK users only); live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles; also live on Sky Sports 1

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood's wretched run of form with the bat continued at the MCG

Paul Collingwood said England remain optimistic for the upcoming one-day series despite Australia ending their eight-match Twenty20 winning streak.

The tourists failed to chase down the Aussies' 147-7 in Melbourne, falling short by four runs.

But Collingwood said: "We would have loved to have won tonight, but I don't think it has hit our momentum too much.

"We're all looking forward to the one-day series. I can safely say we are still playing some good cricket."

The seven-match one-day series begins in Melbourne on Sunday, with both sides looking to peak in time for the World Cup, starting on 19 February.

"We did some good stuff and we were just 10% off the mark with the batting," said Collingwood.

"(Andrew) Strauss takes over the reins again and we are looking forward to this series.

"It is a big series for us going into the World Cup."

Collingwood refused to be downhearted after a below-par batting performance cost England a ninth straight Twenty20 victory on Friday.

The tourists failed to build on a fine start from openers Ian Bell (39) and Steve Davies (29) who put on 60 for the first wicket.

Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson shared five wickets for the hosts, but it was the tourists' failure to hit boundaries that eventually cost them dear chasing what looked a modest target.

England struck only seven fours and a single six - by Chris Woakes in the final over - in the entire innings, and Collingwood admitted: "I thought we were in a pretty good position after six overs but the next 10 overs we got a lot of dot balls.

"We couldn't quite manage to get the boundaries when we were going for big shots. It was difficult to get a hold of the ball with the big boundaries.

"We were trying to get twos and threes but we kept picking out fielders. Full credit goes to Australia."

Collingwood was among the guilty parties as his poor run of form in Australia continued, the T20 skipper falling for six.

However, he remains confident he can turn things around in the one-day series, saying: "I've hardly scored a run in Australia so of course there's concern.

"[But] I know I'll get my form back. It just takes one knock and hopefully that'll be the next game."


Australia captain Cameron White, meanwhile, said Australia could approach the upcoming one-day matches with renewed confidence.

Having already lost the Ashes Test series 3-1, Friday's win in Melbourne was most welcome for Australia ahead of Sunday's opener in Melbourne.

"The one-day format is very different from 20 overs but it's a bit of momentum and hopefully we can continue in that form," said White.

"It was a good all-round effort. I thought we were a fraction short but I knew it was a score we could win with if we could bowl and field a little better than the other night."

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