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Collingwood blasts Duckworth-Lewis method after defeat

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood was bowled for just six in England's innings

Captain Paul Collingwood says cricket bosses need to rethink the Duckworth-Lewis rule in Twenty20 after England's rain-hit defeat by the West Indies.

Duckworth-Lewis is the statistical method for working out revised targets in one-day matches affected by rain.

England scored 191-5 against the Windies but a rain delay saw the target for the hosts, who were 30-0, revised to 60, or 30 more from 22 balls.

"There's a major problem with it in Twenty20," said Collingwood.

"I've got no problems with it in the 50-over form but I know it's made us very frustrated - it certainly has to be revised for this form of the game."

The Duckworth-Lewis rule was adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1997 to bring rain-delayed one-day matches to a fair conclusion.

However, while it is generally accepted as a reasonable method of resolving 50-over matches, its suitability for the 20-over game was once again made to look farcical.

England had just posted the highest total in the tournament so far, featuring 11 sixes and a superb 95-run stand from Eoin Morgan (55) and Luke Wright (45 not out).

Windies openers Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle made steady progress, taking their team to 30-0 before the downpour.

But when the Duckworth-Lewis calculation set them just 30 more runs off just 22 balls the result was never in doubt.

Gayle (25) was caught at mid-wicket and Kieron Pollard departed for a duck after being stumped by Craig Kieswetter.

However, Andre Fletcher and Chanderpaul chipped in with the eight runs required off Stuart Broad's final over to wrap up the inevitable eight-wicket victory and seal their Super Eight passage.

"I think 95% of the time when you get 191-5 on the board you are going to win the game," reflected a rueful Collingwood.

"Unfortunately, Duckworth-Lewis seems to have other ideas - it brings the equation completely the other way."


It was the second time England had suffered such a fate against the Windies, after they were knocked out of last year's World Twenty20 at The Oval in similar circumstances - a fact not lost on Collingwood.

"It's the second time it's happened to us now against West Indies, so it is very frustrating - because we've played a near perfect game but we've lost," he said.

The skipper, though, turned his attentions to their final Group D match against Ireland at the same venue in Guyana on Monday, which England must win or hope for a no-result to progress on their superior run-rate.

"We've got to win, it's a pressure game, but we can take a lot of belief out of today, I think we even did well with the ball there," he said.

"I think the bowlers did pretty well to get it down to the final few balls with that kind of equation.

"We'll try to take the emotion out of it, we're disappointed but we've got to win."

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