Collingwood takes positives

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Adam Gilchrist made 45 from 28 balls against England at Newlands © Getty Images

England captain Paul Collingwood admitted he was disappointed to lose their ICC World Twenty20 group match to Australia but says he is already looking toward the Super Eight stage.

Both sides qualified for the next round, England edging out Zimbabwe on net run-rate, and Collingwood insists they will learn from their mistakes after falling to an eight-wicket defeat with 5.1 overs still to bowl.

Andrew Flintoff's 31 from 19 balls was England's best after they chose to bat first and the Australia openers put on a breezy 78 to set up victory.

"I think after today there are areas we can improve on," Collingwood said.

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"But we are through and it's a chance to improve and we have a big (Super Eight) game now on Sunday.

"Quite a lot of batsmen got in today and did not go on. It was always going to be hard to defend that.

"They (Australia) came out fantastically well but hopefully we can come out and do well."

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who fell to a fine caught and bowled from Flintoff, hailed his players for a clinical performance.

Ponting said: "The bowling group was where the game was won. We took our chances again with the bat and today it came off."

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