Coach tells batsmen to be more patient April 10, 2007

Fletcher looks for quick recovery

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Duncan Fletcher: "Sometimes we've gone in and the new batter has tried to score at six an over, but on these wickets it's not easy" © Getty Images

Duncan Fletcher has told his misfiring team they must learn from their Australia tour if they are to salvage their World Cup campaign. England were beaten by seven wickets by Ricky Ponting's men in Antigua on Sunday, but Fletcher insists they can make the semi-finals, although they will have to win all three of their remaining matches against Bangladesh, South Africa and West Indies.

Fletcher said it was possible for England to pick themselves up just as they did in Australia when they shrugged off a losing run to beat the hosts in the CB Series. "We did it in Australia when we were beaten quite comprehensively and got through to the final and we've got to make sure we do the same thing here," Fletcher said.

"It's mainly a mental thing rather than a technical thing. It's how they think about it when they get out there in those crucial periods, but it's important we don't talk too much about it and cloud their thoughts."

England face Bangladesh on Wednesday at the refurbished Kensington Oval in Barbados with Fletcher telling his team that they have to be more patient when they bat. He said they could learn from Michael Clarke's innings on Sunday.

"They have got to know they have a little bit of time to have a bit of patience to rebuild and regroup," Fletcher said. "Sometimes we've gone in and the new batter has tried to score at six an over, but on these wickets it's not easy."

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