Collingwood focused on India

Ecb Logo Gutter Icon 135x160
Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood is confident England will perform when they meet India © Getty Images

England captain Paul Collingwood is confident his side can bounce back against India at the ICC World Twenty20 despite their recent disappointments.

A comprehensive victory over Zimbabwe in their opening game was followed by defeats to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand which has seriously damaged their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

England who must defeat India by a big margin and hope that South Africa are well beaten by India and New Zealand if they are to reach the latter stages.

The England captain says his players must concentrate on their own games and is optimistic they can get a positive result against a team they recently defeated 3-2 in a NatWest International one-day series.

“We’ve obviously played against India a fair bit. We know their bowlers and batsmen and we’re confident coming up against them,” Collingwood said.

ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007

“The group is very interesting but what we have to do is win that game well and that means we all go out there with belief and try to express ourselves.

“As long as we give it a good go I’ll be happy with the players. So far in this tournament the commitment and the effort has been really good, we’ve just been off the mark about 10%.

“What we need to do is go out there and give it a good go. We have to win, we have to win well and we’re also dependent on other results as well.”

Vikram Solanki will once again take his place behind the stumps as emergency wicketkeeper having deputised in yesterday’s defeat following the news that Matt Prior had fractured his right thumb.

Durham’s Phil Mustard is on standby should England reach the semi-finals and will take over the gloves for the one-day series in Sri Lanka, but for the time being Collingwood is delighted with Solanki’s aptitude behind the stumps.

“When I saw him practise the other day and saw the first ball go on the tips of his finger, I thought it was going to be a big risk,” conceded Collingwood.

Vikram Solanki

Vikram Solanki has impressed with the gloves as stand-in wicketkeeper © Getty Images

“But he was fantastic. He looked like a natural.

"I know he’s done a bit of keeping when he was young and he’s had one innings for Worcester this year but he still came in and surprised us.”

Solanki also helped Darren Maddy forge England’s best start of the tournament with a 62-run opening stand and they are expected to continue their partnership later today.

England also expect all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who again seemed to struggle with his ankle during the New Zealand encounter, to be fit enough to feature against India and the forthcoming one-day series in Sri Lanka.

Despite seeming to struggle throughout this tournament, chairman of selectors David Graveney insists Flintoff would not participate if medical staff deemed him unfit.

“The situation with Freddie is very clear in my mind – if there is any situation where his ankle worsens then obviously he wouldn’t play,” Graveney said.

“We’re managing him on a 24-hour basis and he has shown he’s still a major bowler in the team.

“We meet on a pretty regular basis to decide how to manage Freddie’s injury, but if there is any likelihood of it getting worse then we would make the appropriate decision.”

Get our free apps

Apps Promo

Download the ECB Cricket app for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Nokia phones and get live scores, news, video and other services on the move