England v New Zealand, Super Eights, St Lucia May 10, 2010

Collingwood wants more for semi-finals

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England didn't lose a match in the Super Eight stage but the captain Paul Collingwood has called for more improvement during their semi-final. Collingwood's side beat New Zealand by three wickets in St Lucia to earn a spot in Thursday's knockout against the second-placed side from Group F.

"It was crucial you keep going and stay in winning ways," Collingwood said. "There are areas we can improve on but it was another solid performance."

England were 66 for 4 in their chase of 150 as they missed Kevin Pietersen, who was back home enjoying his first day as a father. However, Eoin Morgan collected 40 and Tim Bresnan chipped in with 23 not out to register the victory.

Pietersen's son was born on Monday and he will stay in England for a few days before returning to the Caribbean to prepare for the semi-final. "This really is the most amazing experience of my life," Pietersen said. He went home after the win over South Africa on Saturday to be with his wife Jessica Taylor, a former singer from Liberty X.

The return of Pietersen will strengthen the batting order and Collingwood said it was an area that needed some improvement. "We lost a few wickets in the middle so we could do a little bit better there and the fielding wasn't up to our usual standard, but I'm delighted with how we've gone and momentum is one of the crucial things you can have in the finals," he said. "We've got a bunch of guys who talk a lot about things off the pitch, do a lot of planning and they executed the plans well."

It was a disappointing result for New Zealand, who exited the tournament despite some strong performances. The captain Daniel Vettori said scoring runs was their biggest problem.

"We could have bowled better, we needed to take wickets in clumps and we probably took them a little too late," he said. "But in all forms of the game batting has probably been our problem - not putting enough runs on the board.

"One hundred and fifty was a competitive total but maybe 20 below par and we couldn't put pressure on them. We have some talented batsmen but there were not enough runs today."

New Zealand were in the rare position of having all 15 men fit during the event, which adds to their pain at going out before the business end. "We're going to look back on this tournament with a lot of disappointment," Vettori said. "We played well in the warm-ups, won our pool, fought hard against Pakistan, but to get knocked out today is something that will leave a bit of a bad taste in our mouth."

Vettori warned the opponents of England, who have never won a major limited-overs tournament, that they would be a threat. "Any team with momentum has a very good chance," he said. "They've won three very good games now so they'll be a very tough team to play in the semis."

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  • IndianArePathetic on May 12, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    I remember Last year when Newzealand lost to Pakistan. Vettori was complaining of ball tempering, when they were completely outclass by Pakistan. This year they Won only by one run and by cheating as you know Afridi catch was not taken cleanly. I did not hear any complain from Afridi about the catch. Thats why i called New Zealand the biggest cry baby in Int'I cricket (:

  • IndianArePathetic on May 12, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Look in all honesty what team can even challenge Aussie on this unbelievable form, where they pulverize all the team reaching Semi Final. Eng, SL or PAK?. I think if are not biased you know the answer i.e Pakistan. Against all odds they still made it to Semifinal or that instance three time in a row, inspite of things likes Top players banned, 20/20 Best bowler injured, Ijaz Big Butt as CEO (:. Captain and coach has no say on team selection and yes normal Pakistan temperature ( Drug, bomb and cricket).. I wished India and Pak make it to final but Team India as always been Local bully and Pathetic in International cricket. So Aussies Game is on !!!

  • zoh23h on May 12, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    england will loose to srilanka as england doesnt have what it takes to go all the way

  • Rakim on May 11, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    India is out, What a deception of team. Indian's always say they are best at bat but they fell when they are at fast pitches. (vs SL it was slower one tho, Great bowling by SL, Malinga)

    P.D: CRICINFO SHOULD ENABLE COMMENTS TO ALL NEWS !! GRR

  • DrAtharAbbas on May 11, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    NO ONE seems to remember how England themselves qualified to reach Super Eight stage.

    In the first round (last week), they lost to West Indies and were out for a very low total against Ireland before the match was washed out. If the match was completed, who knows what would have been the result. So they qualified because they did not lose to West Indies as heavily as Ireland did? How are they perfect and great now?.

    In the case of Pakistan, people even remember luck in 1992 (18 years ago), of last year's worldcup... Everything Pakistan does is by LUCKin these people opinion, please be fair

    Winning needs, as in life, doing the right thing at the right time. When Minadad hit a six on the last ball in Sharjah, Wasim Akram hit Viv Richards for a six in the final of Nehru cup, he took two wickets in two balls in 1992 worldcup final .... these were all right things at the right time

    I am looking forward to Pakistan doing more of the right things at the right time. Good LUCK

  • IndianArePathetic on May 11, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    I am sick of NZ cry babies. How are they a better team than Pakistan? * NZ and Pakistan game was anyone's game, NZ was lucky Abdul Rehman hit it to a fielder. They cheated with Shahid Afridi 's catch * Pakistan Played England with KP and Lost with 3 balls remaining, mind you it was a crucnch game for England also, while with New Zealand they played with not that intensity as they were already in Semi final without KP. * Pakistan beat south Africa (chokers) hands down while New Zealand lost to SA heavily So Please tell me why Crybaby New Zealand deserve more than Pakistan? Look at the track record Pakistan has the best track record than any other team in the world They made it to two finals and three semi, who knows they might win this cup too (: Surely due to Mr Butt we have lost few match winners. But lookout Australia game is on !!!

  • voyager on May 11, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    I guess all the team knew and agreed to the rules of the tournament right? Three teams tied on points and one has superior net run rate... so out of those three team who deserves it more? ---- Three semifanals (hopefully three finals) in as many years of T20 inspite of all the problems, limitations and things Pakistan cricket is going through (some of it is their own fault most of it is not) --- I say that it is a tremendous achievement.

    One can also argue why T20 world cups are being arranged so quickly?

  • on May 11, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    it doesn't matter if you win during the group stages games and then flop at crunch games. it shows your team doesn't have the capacity to handle pressure and thus don't deserve to play in the finals. any team that plays well under pressure deserves to go the semis and should go. 2ndly if aus does go the finals eng has no chance what so ever. England can only hope to win if Pak beats Aus () and then loses to eng.

  • imran129 on May 11, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    @Yashas Hosur and Conynine: I think we should be fair in our analysis. Only 2 best teams in a group can qualify. NZ,SA, Pak lost 2 matches in the super eight. and Pak was better than SA in their head to head match and almost equal to NZ in their head to head match. But NZ and SA were defeated heavily by England and Pak did not loose by a big margin against Eng...So which team is better?

  • babya on May 11, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    i think england have played throughout the tournament..but i feel they still cant win a major icc event..:-)..they might collide with their old foe here and be crushed..

  • IndianArePathetic on May 12, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    I remember Last year when Newzealand lost to Pakistan. Vettori was complaining of ball tempering, when they were completely outclass by Pakistan. This year they Won only by one run and by cheating as you know Afridi catch was not taken cleanly. I did not hear any complain from Afridi about the catch. Thats why i called New Zealand the biggest cry baby in Int'I cricket (:

  • IndianArePathetic on May 12, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Look in all honesty what team can even challenge Aussie on this unbelievable form, where they pulverize all the team reaching Semi Final. Eng, SL or PAK?. I think if are not biased you know the answer i.e Pakistan. Against all odds they still made it to Semifinal or that instance three time in a row, inspite of things likes Top players banned, 20/20 Best bowler injured, Ijaz Big Butt as CEO (:. Captain and coach has no say on team selection and yes normal Pakistan temperature ( Drug, bomb and cricket).. I wished India and Pak make it to final but Team India as always been Local bully and Pathetic in International cricket. So Aussies Game is on !!!

  • zoh23h on May 12, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    england will loose to srilanka as england doesnt have what it takes to go all the way

  • Rakim on May 11, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    India is out, What a deception of team. Indian's always say they are best at bat but they fell when they are at fast pitches. (vs SL it was slower one tho, Great bowling by SL, Malinga)

    P.D: CRICINFO SHOULD ENABLE COMMENTS TO ALL NEWS !! GRR

  • DrAtharAbbas on May 11, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    NO ONE seems to remember how England themselves qualified to reach Super Eight stage.

    In the first round (last week), they lost to West Indies and were out for a very low total against Ireland before the match was washed out. If the match was completed, who knows what would have been the result. So they qualified because they did not lose to West Indies as heavily as Ireland did? How are they perfect and great now?.

    In the case of Pakistan, people even remember luck in 1992 (18 years ago), of last year's worldcup... Everything Pakistan does is by LUCKin these people opinion, please be fair

    Winning needs, as in life, doing the right thing at the right time. When Minadad hit a six on the last ball in Sharjah, Wasim Akram hit Viv Richards for a six in the final of Nehru cup, he took two wickets in two balls in 1992 worldcup final .... these were all right things at the right time

    I am looking forward to Pakistan doing more of the right things at the right time. Good LUCK

  • IndianArePathetic on May 11, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    I am sick of NZ cry babies. How are they a better team than Pakistan? * NZ and Pakistan game was anyone's game, NZ was lucky Abdul Rehman hit it to a fielder. They cheated with Shahid Afridi 's catch * Pakistan Played England with KP and Lost with 3 balls remaining, mind you it was a crucnch game for England also, while with New Zealand they played with not that intensity as they were already in Semi final without KP. * Pakistan beat south Africa (chokers) hands down while New Zealand lost to SA heavily So Please tell me why Crybaby New Zealand deserve more than Pakistan? Look at the track record Pakistan has the best track record than any other team in the world They made it to two finals and three semi, who knows they might win this cup too (: Surely due to Mr Butt we have lost few match winners. But lookout Australia game is on !!!

  • voyager on May 11, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    I guess all the team knew and agreed to the rules of the tournament right? Three teams tied on points and one has superior net run rate... so out of those three team who deserves it more? ---- Three semifanals (hopefully three finals) in as many years of T20 inspite of all the problems, limitations and things Pakistan cricket is going through (some of it is their own fault most of it is not) --- I say that it is a tremendous achievement.

    One can also argue why T20 world cups are being arranged so quickly?

  • on May 11, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    it doesn't matter if you win during the group stages games and then flop at crunch games. it shows your team doesn't have the capacity to handle pressure and thus don't deserve to play in the finals. any team that plays well under pressure deserves to go the semis and should go. 2ndly if aus does go the finals eng has no chance what so ever. England can only hope to win if Pak beats Aus () and then loses to eng.

  • imran129 on May 11, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    @Yashas Hosur and Conynine: I think we should be fair in our analysis. Only 2 best teams in a group can qualify. NZ,SA, Pak lost 2 matches in the super eight. and Pak was better than SA in their head to head match and almost equal to NZ in their head to head match. But NZ and SA were defeated heavily by England and Pak did not loose by a big margin against Eng...So which team is better?

  • babya on May 11, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    i think england have played throughout the tournament..but i feel they still cant win a major icc event..:-)..they might collide with their old foe here and be crushed..

  • cricketeria on May 11, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Ever heard of net run rate guys? NZ, SA and Pak all won 1 super8 match, so they were level. Pak had the best NRR of the 3, so Pak went through to semis. India can still qualify if they beat SL by 20+ runs and Aus beat WI. Then India will go through on NRR. Saying that Pak doesn't deserve to go through is ridiculous.

    And another thing, if IPL made Dhoni and co. so tired, why don't they use their BCCI clout in the ICC to schedule the World T20 later?

  • on May 11, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Why are people picking on Pakistan? In that group, apart from England all teams only won 1 game, so SA, NZ and Pak were in the same boat, Pak won because of its superior run rate, i think people just dont like pak progressing as they have just risen from the ashes. On the other hand India need luck on their side as well today and the way they hve played i dont think they deserve to go through, but no one is doubting them, even though they have played in the IPL. Shouldt they have cruised through?

  • on May 11, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    its is very simple, Pakistan in semi-finals because they were the 2nd best team in Group. Every one in Pakistan's Group won 1 match except England. And Pakistan progressed because there run rate was better. So why every one criticize Pakistan. No Duck worth Luweis helped Pakistan to reach Semi. And match b/w Pak Vs NZ was a 1 run win for NZ, not with big margin.

  • adnant202009champs on May 11, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    yes pakistan should not be in wt20 semifinal bcoz they havnt played ipl so india should be in semi final bcoz they played 60 matches in ipl.lot of hard work team india.

  • chanders1fan on May 11, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Congrats to England and Pakistan for qualifying for the semis. England did a great job and Pakistan seem to rise from the ashes. I have one comment though on England. I don't like Collingwood as a captain. He always seems to be stressed out or on edge and up till now they have been on a winning streak with large margins of wins. But what about when they are in a crunch situation like the Nz and Pak match. Would he have the temperment? NO. Would he give out a negative energy on the feild and not rally around his men?YES.I think he always seems to blame everyone around but not take the blame as a captain should. In my book he is not a responsible captain and if England has to succed properly they should do some work on him.

  • Gazzypops on May 11, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    @ robheinen - what? Collingwood bullying weaker opponents? Double hundred in tests against Australia, back-to-back series-winning hundreds in the ODIs against the same opponents. Averaging over 96 in the recent ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. He's consistently averaged between 40 and 50 against Australia in the last couple of years in ODIs. Unless you're saying Australia and South Africa are "weaker opponents"...

  • Conynine on May 11, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    @Yashas Hosur: I agree with u mate. A team loses 3 matches in the tournament and advance into the semis. Pakistan simply don't deserve to win this tournament, and they shouldn't. Pakistan's only convincing victory was against SA, even their 1st rd match with Bangladesh wasn't a walk in the park. I can't Imagine a team winning a Worldcup despite losing 3 matches. Its nuts.I mean seriously did any of the football world cup champions won the world cup whilst losing 3 matches, ICC must follow FIFA tournament arranging rules. OTHERWISE like Mr.Hosur said ICC tournaments will turn into a joke.

  • saravana on May 11, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    it is unfair to see a team like newzealand to go out of the world cup...newzealand won matches against srilanka and pakistan.but pakistan entered semi with just one win against a test playing nation ...south africa.instead of four group at intial stage ...tournament should be two group with top two going for semi....

    anyhow well played newzealand

  • on May 11, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    And please Mr. Moderator..u publish my comment or not, please tell me if such fool hardy tournaments are actually possible or not..just curious!

  • on May 11, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Well..the icc really needs to do something about these tournaments.the whole cliche of "better team on that day wins the game" is understandable in a semi final situation but a team like pakistan who have been truly hopeless the whole tournament makes it to the semis..thats absolutely ridiculous.!its not the first time that this is happening.south africa were on the recievin end in 2007 world cup.they were the most dominant consistent team and they just lost one match and they went out of the tournament..Clearly ICC is lacking in arranging tournaments where the best team wins or atleast the best, dominant and the consistent teams go through to the semi final.from there on its anybody's game. the rules of these tournaments have to be looked into or its just going to turn out into a joke...i am afraid it (icc tournies) already has..kenya reachin 2003 semis-joke!SA exit 2007-joke!pak entry 2010-JOKE!!!

  • Conynine on May 11, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Why repeatedly experimenting Hopkins when there is already B.McCullum to do the job, Hopkins delivered nothing with the bat and did a sloppy piece of work behind the stump. 2ndly Nathan McCullum was very expensive with the ball and Vettori kept on having faith in him and gave him the ball over and over again. Oram should have played in place of Hopkins and he not only would have blasted a couple of sixes in the end but could have played a vital role with the ball as well.

  • on May 11, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    The tournament is shaping up well. With England strong and Pakistan just finding some form, it seems the semis will be fun. England are a tough team to beat for anybody and it is likely that Pakistan will face the Aussies. In that case, Pakistan would have to play out of their skins against a side that has proven to survive- and win- against all types of collapses.

  • robheinen on May 11, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Collingwood has always been a bit low on mental capacity. Today's no exception. Amazingly he's done well in the media training class and remebered the terminology with which to address the them. Maybe it's just brain surgery, having a chip with the right words implanted. Anyway, yes, they lost a few wickets in the middle. Of course that's a small matter, because it was his wicket as well the went cheaply, but he'll probably pick up his game after the tournament and become the school bully he is, again - talking big and making runs against the weaker opponents or when it doesn't matter. What an outstanding british role model.

  • UmairTariq on May 11, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    I would agree.... on their day if any team has the ability to run run through the Aussie lineup, its Pakistan. And knowing that Australia has not had a bad day as yet and the fact that they have peaked at pretty early in the tournament, they will need to do alot to maintain that momentum. Pakistan on the other hand have peaked just at the right time. Reminds me o 92 world cup and 2009 t20 world cup (no chance for Pakistan to qualify and they take the cup). Let see if history repeats itself or the Aussies have something special up their sleeves ;-)

  • on May 11, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    as i had said earlier on new zealand and the west indies were the darkhorses coming into the tournament unfotunately the usual inconsistency came back to haunt new zealand again their performances leading up to the game against england was not convincing espeacially against pakistan from what i have seen is that they are a team that can either win it or throw it away as seen in the games against pakistan and england . however lets see how the west indies perform tommorow against australia.

  • on May 11, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    yes after their good form u can easily say they r a team to reckon with and they may qualify for final and who knows may win this time

  • al2qb on May 10, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    well well england help pakistan into the semis, could it just be that after a poor show and lucky run to still be alive pakistan once again bounce back out of no where last year it was an easier cruise thru the super 8's with ireland around this year was harder and lucky for the paki's now they run into a so far too hot too handle aussie line up but hey when pakistan arrived to the semi's last year the south african team at that time was the in form and too hot too handle team so it just depends which paki team shows up on the day theyr probably the only team now i would place my bet on to beat the aussies who would definately take this english team apart at this stage..

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  • al2qb on May 10, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    well well england help pakistan into the semis, could it just be that after a poor show and lucky run to still be alive pakistan once again bounce back out of no where last year it was an easier cruise thru the super 8's with ireland around this year was harder and lucky for the paki's now they run into a so far too hot too handle aussie line up but hey when pakistan arrived to the semi's last year the south african team at that time was the in form and too hot too handle team so it just depends which paki team shows up on the day theyr probably the only team now i would place my bet on to beat the aussies who would definately take this english team apart at this stage..

  • on May 11, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    yes after their good form u can easily say they r a team to reckon with and they may qualify for final and who knows may win this time

  • on May 11, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    as i had said earlier on new zealand and the west indies were the darkhorses coming into the tournament unfotunately the usual inconsistency came back to haunt new zealand again their performances leading up to the game against england was not convincing espeacially against pakistan from what i have seen is that they are a team that can either win it or throw it away as seen in the games against pakistan and england . however lets see how the west indies perform tommorow against australia.

  • UmairTariq on May 11, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    I would agree.... on their day if any team has the ability to run run through the Aussie lineup, its Pakistan. And knowing that Australia has not had a bad day as yet and the fact that they have peaked at pretty early in the tournament, they will need to do alot to maintain that momentum. Pakistan on the other hand have peaked just at the right time. Reminds me o 92 world cup and 2009 t20 world cup (no chance for Pakistan to qualify and they take the cup). Let see if history repeats itself or the Aussies have something special up their sleeves ;-)

  • robheinen on May 11, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Collingwood has always been a bit low on mental capacity. Today's no exception. Amazingly he's done well in the media training class and remebered the terminology with which to address the them. Maybe it's just brain surgery, having a chip with the right words implanted. Anyway, yes, they lost a few wickets in the middle. Of course that's a small matter, because it was his wicket as well the went cheaply, but he'll probably pick up his game after the tournament and become the school bully he is, again - talking big and making runs against the weaker opponents or when it doesn't matter. What an outstanding british role model.

  • on May 11, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    The tournament is shaping up well. With England strong and Pakistan just finding some form, it seems the semis will be fun. England are a tough team to beat for anybody and it is likely that Pakistan will face the Aussies. In that case, Pakistan would have to play out of their skins against a side that has proven to survive- and win- against all types of collapses.

  • Conynine on May 11, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Why repeatedly experimenting Hopkins when there is already B.McCullum to do the job, Hopkins delivered nothing with the bat and did a sloppy piece of work behind the stump. 2ndly Nathan McCullum was very expensive with the ball and Vettori kept on having faith in him and gave him the ball over and over again. Oram should have played in place of Hopkins and he not only would have blasted a couple of sixes in the end but could have played a vital role with the ball as well.

  • on May 11, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Well..the icc really needs to do something about these tournaments.the whole cliche of "better team on that day wins the game" is understandable in a semi final situation but a team like pakistan who have been truly hopeless the whole tournament makes it to the semis..thats absolutely ridiculous.!its not the first time that this is happening.south africa were on the recievin end in 2007 world cup.they were the most dominant consistent team and they just lost one match and they went out of the tournament..Clearly ICC is lacking in arranging tournaments where the best team wins or atleast the best, dominant and the consistent teams go through to the semi final.from there on its anybody's game. the rules of these tournaments have to be looked into or its just going to turn out into a joke...i am afraid it (icc tournies) already has..kenya reachin 2003 semis-joke!SA exit 2007-joke!pak entry 2010-JOKE!!!

  • on May 11, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    And please Mr. Moderator..u publish my comment or not, please tell me if such fool hardy tournaments are actually possible or not..just curious!

  • saravana on May 11, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    it is unfair to see a team like newzealand to go out of the world cup...newzealand won matches against srilanka and pakistan.but pakistan entered semi with just one win against a test playing nation ...south africa.instead of four group at intial stage ...tournament should be two group with top two going for semi....

    anyhow well played newzealand