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Collingwood eyes England recovery

Second Test, Antigua: West Indies v England
Dates: 13-17 February Start time: 1400 GMT Venue: Sir Viv Richards Stadium
Coverage: Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4LW, 5 Live Sports Extra, the Red Button and BBC Sport website. Text commentary on BBC Sport website. Also live on Sky Sports.

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Paul Collingwood says England's innings defeat in the first Test against the West Indies can be the "catalyst" to drive them on to level the series.

England face the Windies in Antigua on Friday following last week's hammering.

And the all-rounder told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Over the past year or so we haven't made the scores and hit our goals as much as we would have liked.

"But when something like that happens it can be the catalyst to drive you on to bigger and better things."

England were bowled out for 51 to lose by an innings in Jamaica, continuing a poor recent run at the start of a new series.

Just under a year ago they overturned a first-Test defeat against New Zealand, after a similarly poor performance, to win 2-1, but they have not won the opening match in 14 previous series.

"You've got to go through these real lows to get to your real highs and it is amazing how these sorts of situations can bring the best out of teams," Collingwood said.

"When you win in those situations it makes it all worthwhile.

"When you get bowled out for a score like that it is very hard to bounce back straightaway. But you have to be strong and put it to the back of your mind, almost forget about it."

"You've got to be honest with yourselves, be realistic about the situation you're in as a team and hopefully move on and put those bigger performances in," added Collingwood.

"We can all hold our hands up and say that what happened the other day wasn't good enough. But you've got to put that behind you, put it to the back of your mind and when that situation comes around again it's crucial that we get through it.

"You can do as much talking as you want, you can do as much good preparation as you want, but it's doing it in the middle and performing - that's where you get confidence from."

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The Durham player also pinpointed the ill-fated Stanford Super Series last year as being the start of England's poor form, but said it is something all the players are keen to be involved with again.

"A lot was written about the Stanford week," he said. "Obviously from a results point of view that was probably the start of our losing streak.

"But it was an exciting week, something completely different to what we've ever experienced.

"Certainly, from the players point of view, we want to play in it again."

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