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

Collingwood wants more for semi-finals

Cricinfo staff

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)


  • 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 !!!

  • cricfan01159554 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?

  • dummy4fb 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..

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