England v Australia, NatWest Series, Durham June 22, 2005

Fletcher calls on England to make history

Cricinfo staff



Paul Collingwood: played a huge part in England's record breaking day © Getty Images
Duncan Fletcher has called on England to make more history this summer after their record-breaking win against Bangladesh, in the NatWest Series, on Tuesday. England's total of 391 for 4 was their highest in one-day internationals and the second highest by a team.

Paul Collingwood made individual history when he became the first player to score a century and take six wickets in an innings. He is also the first England player to take six wickets in a one-day international, his 6 for 31 eclipsing Mark Ealham's 5 for 15 against Zimbabwe at Kimberley in 1999-00.

Fletcher told www.natwest.com/cricket that this is the style of performance the team has been talking about. "We've spoken about this on numerous occasions that we want to go out and make history, and to make history you have to break records and do amazing things - this is what this side is all about.

"Against Bangladesh we played some very good cricket, the batting was exceptional on a good wicket and everyone put in good performances although it was unfortunate Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff missed out."

Fletcher also said how Collingwood's performance showed that he is a very versatile cricketer and that he is developing a vital role within England's one-day side. "I think Collingwood's six wickets setting a record was very important. He's always doing something in the game that's why he's such a valuable player to us.

"He's a very useful player. Some people have classified him as a bits-and-pieces player, but all it needs is for an individual like that to develop the skill of bowling and add that to his batting. He has lots of variations and he can play a useful role for us. There are certain days on certain wickets when he won't be able to do that.

"But on a wicket like that against Bangladesh, which ended being slow, he needed a lot of variation and he fits that part very well. He takes the pace off the ball and he's a very useful player in one-day cricket and when you add that to his fielding, then he's got a good future."