England v Zimbabwe, Edgbaston, Pool D September 11, 2004

'I have to be patient,' says Taibu

Wisden Cricinfo staff

After England's easy win in their Champions Trophy openeragainst Zimbabwe at Edgbaston, both captains commented on the way the match went:



Tatenda Taibu: 'It was very tough' © Getty Images

Michael Vaughan

On the result
It's a good win, and we've won convincingly. These games are always a bit of a banana skin, so they're nice to get out of the way. It's nice to win, we played OK. We didn't set the world alight, but we got through it and now we've got a few days off to prepare for next Friday.

On suggestions that England were over-confident
If you look at our batting order, people play their natural game, and every now and then you're bound to get out. That's why we set the order in that fashion.

On Paul Collingwood's effort
Collingwood at No. 6 is the perfect man for that position if we're 120 for 4. His job is to see us home and get us a big total on the board, and that's exactly what he's done. We speak about roles, and he played his role perfectly well. No. 6 in one-day cricket is probably the hardest position to play, because in every game every situation changes, and you have to be good enough to read it. He did it against the Indians at The Oval and has done it again here, doing what we asked him to do.

On winning the tournament
The carrot is there to end this fantastic summer. We know if we win next Friday we're in the semi-final, and that we're two wins away from a huge result. We realise what's ahead of us. It will be a tough game against the Sri Lankans, but the way we're playing, and the way we played against India, means we can take a lot of confidence into that game.

Paul Collingwood

On his batting tactics
I pretty much had to play low-risk centre shots. I realised we had to build an innings and build a partnership as we were four wickets down, and that was the key to building a big score on that wicket. It was a good wicket and we looked for three or four an over and realised the boundaries would come along.

On batting at No. 6
I love it. I think there's a lot of satisfaction when you play the role well. It is a difficult role, but obviously the role changes. But when you play it well it does give you a lot of satisfaction.

Tatenda Taibu

On the Zimbabwe bowling
I can't really say I'm happy with the way we bowled. The England guys batted well. Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss batted well, but it doesn't really help when you're bowling a lot of no-balls and wides.

On the match
It was very tough. But as batsmen you have to ride through the tough times and spend some time at the crease for you to get better. We fancied our chances when we had them five down yesterday, but Collingwood came in and played really well with the wicketkeeper [Geraint] Jones. We took the match as practice, and wanted to spend some time at the crease and get close to 230 or 240.

On being given the captaincy
It has been hard, especially early on. But it has made me learn that things don't go my way all the time. I have to be patient with these boys to help them improve later on in life.