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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
Collingwood trusts Twenty20 nous
Collingwood celebrates with Pietersen and Prior
Collingwood has nine Twenty20 international wickets, a world best
England one-day international captain Paul Collingwood believes his side's greater experience will give them an edge in September's ICC World Twenty20.

With the 20-over game well established in England, the selectors have picked proven specialists such as Jeremy Snape, James Kirtley and Darren Maddy.

Collingwood said: "Domestically, they have all done very well at Twenty20.

"They are experienced guys and bring a few pointers of what's needed in Twenty20 to the whole squad."

England are drawn in Group B with Australia and Zimbabwe for the inaugural tournament in South Africa.

The side that wins will be the side that thinks the best

England's Paul Collingwood

Collingwood said: "We're a blend of both the one-day game and the Twenty20 specialists so hopefully that gives us a little bit of an edge.

"But being the first World Twenty20 no-one really knows who's the favourite and what tactics to use, so it's going to be interesting.

"The side that wins will probably be the side that thinks the best during the whole competition.

"From a captain's point of view it can be a very difficult game for field-placing because there's shots played that you've never seen before and are very hard to set fields to.

"I think boundaries in Twenty20 cricket are becoming non-existent. People are just taking the fielders on. It doesn't matter where they are."

Collingwood was pleased with his side's performance as they took a 3-1 lead in the seven-match one-day international series against India at Old Trafford on Thursday.


The Durham all-rounder said: "The way we've played so far is very encouraging. Hopefully we can keep that momentum going into the World Twenty20.

"We've got a great buzz about the boys at the minute. A lot of hard work is being put in behind the scenes and there's a great atmosphere.

"As long as we keep along that vein, keep working hard and keep enjoying our cricket - which is what we're doing - we'll take a lot of confidence into the tournament."

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