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Last Updated:  Sunday, 23 February, 2003, 12:17 GMT

Morale running high
Paul Collingwood
By Paul Collingwood
England all-rounder

It's been a tough time with the whole Zimbabwe situation but it's pulled us together a lot more and the game against Pakistan was a fantastic occasion.

We went out there and gave them a good stuffing!

The atmosphere around the dressing room is fantastic and we want to keep the morale high and continue on into this World Cup.

It was a great performance by everyone, especially Jimmy Anderson.

Paul Collingwood
I am very happy with my game at the moment

It was another man-of-the-match performance by him and I think he'll be selling a few watches in Burnley when he gets back.

We were in a tough situation when I came in, but everybody had scored really quickly so I didn't have to go for the big shots until the last couple of overs.

I've been trying hard not to change my game too much.

I like to knock it around, run hard and get ones and twos, and that's what I did against Pakistan.

I might seem calm out there but I'm very nervous before I go out to bat.

But I just seem to be analysing the game better than I used to.

I used to panic in certain situations, but at the moment I know my game pretty well and I know my mental state.

My ambition has always been to play Test cricket for England, and that is why I want to become a better player.

I'm learning all the time and I've got a hell of a long way to go.

But I want to keep on improving and keep working on my game, because there's a lot more to come from Paul Collingwood.

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