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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 4 March, 2003, 15:01 GMT

No regrets about Zimbabwe
By Paul Collingwood
England cricketer

Paul Collingwood of England
Collingwood is distraught to be out of the World Cup
It is really hard to explain exactly how we feel after what happened in Bulawayo but the fact is we are out of the tournament and are all totally gutted.

It was the first World Cup for so many of us, and the last World Cup for some of the others and for it to end how it has done is a really horrible feeling.

We got up this morning, turned the TV on and saw the covers stretched across the ground and we all thought: "No way - it can't come down to that."

It must rain about two days a year in Bulawayo. When things like that happen you just say to yourself: "It wasn't meant to be."

It is true that it would never have come down to this if we had beaten Australia, which we nearly did.

Although we have not beaten them for four years in one-day internationals I really don't think we have a mental block when it comes to playing them.

We just needed a little break here or there, and unfortunately we didn't get one
Paul Collingwood

Brett Lee was brilliant in the first VB Series final and Michael Bevan shepherded them home the other day.

It was an outstanding performance from them under so much pressure and that's why they are such a good team.

We have not under-achieved at all in South Africa and we really fancied our chances in the Super Sixes and beyond.

We just needed a little break here or there, and unfortunately we didn't get one.

It was such a hard thing going through the Zimbabwe decision a month ago and I felt with the Super Sixes the tournament would have really started.

We are certainly not thinking now that maybe we should have played in Zimbabwe after all.

It would have been great if the ICC had moved the match to another venue but we can't look back now.

On a personal note, I felt my form over the whole winter has been terrific and I feel I am a big part of the batting now.

Hopefully I can take that into the next season and of course I can't wait to get back to Durham where it's minus two in April!





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