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Andrew Strauss key to England win - Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood struggled with the bat, but won praise for his captaincy

Paul Collingwood has insisted Andrew Strauss played a key role in England's World Twenty20 success - despite not being present in the Caribbean.

Collingwood took the reins from Test and one-day captain Strauss and delivered England's first global title.

But the all-rounder said he was looking forward to Strauss's return for the summer and the winter's Ashes series.

"This kind of success can go down to the values he and [coach] Andy Flower have installed," Collingwood said.

At a media conference called to mark England's seven-wicket success against Australia in the final, Collingwood was asked if he would like a second stint as one-day captain after proving so adept at leading in the shortest form of the game.

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However, the 33-year-old, who captained the 50-over side for a year from 2007, responded: "Andrew Strauss is obviously our captain in the one-day format and in the Test format.

"This was solely my job as Twenty20 captain, to go out and win the World Cup, which is exactly what we've done.

"There's no pressure on him coming back in. He's a fantastic leader. The team ethic [Strauss and Flower have built] has helped the team gel together and become a strong unit."

Over a packed summer, England face a two-Test series against Bangladesh, a one-day series against Australia and then face Pakistan in all forms of the game.

Pietersen delighted with team effort

And while Flower admitted that players who impressed in Twenty20 such as Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb and Eoin Morgan could come into contention for those matches, focus already seems to be shifting towards this winter's tour of Australia.

Writing in his column in the Telegraph, former Australia spinner Shane Warne gave grudging praise to England before suggesting Twenty20 success would "count for nothing" once the Ashes started.

England won the Ashes last summer, but were whitewashed 5-0 on their last tour of Australia in 2006/07, a point not lost on Warne.

However, Collingwood took an opposing view, saying: "We had a job to do to win the World Cup and one of the good things was that we played Australia in the final.

"The satisfaction you get from beating the best teams is fantastic.

There's no way Steve Harmison is out of the picture

David Saker

"Australia went through unbeaten, so we've performed on the day. It's a totally different format, but we have gained confidence as players and as a group.

"In the last five years whenever we've played Australia we've given them a real game and beaten them quite a few times.

"We have a confidence that we we can turn up under pressure and get results."

While Strauss will return as captain, Flower also backed James Anderson to return to the side after the personal frustration of watching England's Twenty20 success from the sidelines.

"He was very disappointed not to be selected and he's chomping at the bit to get an England shirt on again," Flower said of the fast bowler.

"We went for a different bowling attack and got some good results - but we may have got the same results if he had played.

"He's a key player, but the break he's had was a healthy thing for him. He looks physically strong and will be a key player over the next 12 months."

Meanwhile, England bowling coach David Saker has not ruled Steve Harmison out of contention for the winter tour.

Harmison, 31, has not played international cricket since England beat Australia at The Oval last August to regain the Ashes and set the tone for England's ignominious last tour of Australia by bowling the first ball of the series straight to second slip.

But Saker told Wisden's Cricketer Magazine: "There's no way Steve Harmison is out of the picture. I'm not going to write off someone as tall as he is and someone who can really cause some damage to the Australian team.

"I know the Australian batters sometimes talk about him as one of the hardest guys to face and he troubles them more than anybody.

"I want to see the best 11 represent England. I'm never age-biased in the way I pick a team."



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England seal World Twenty20 title
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World Twenty20 final as it happened
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World Twenty20 final photos
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Live cricket on the BBC
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