Colly seeks extra 10 per cent
Paul Collingwood pointed to batting failures for England’s ICC World Twenty20 defeat to New Zealand which has left them struggling to make this weekend’s semi-finals.
Having allowed the Black Caps to escape from 31 for four to post 164 for nine, England’s pursuit was well set at 80 for one in the 11th over.
However, they lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually lost by five runs in Durban.
“I think 164 was gettable. The boys bowled well and, although there were areas where we let New Zealand get away, we did okay to restrict them,” said captain Collingwood.
“We are disappointed we were 10 per cent off the mark. We were close to chasing them down but we were one partnership away from winning.
“When you are losing it is a tough format of the game; when you are winning it is a lot easier.
“We just seem to be teasing ourselves all the time,” he added.
“We’re getting so close to knock the runs off and then we lose an important wicket and that partnership we need at a vital time we’ve just not been able to get.
“Whether that’s experience or not I don’t know, but it’s a game that puts you under immense pressure - you have to go in and score from ball one and we just weren’t up to it.”
Collingwood admitted the loss of Kevin Pietersen, bowled attempting to reverse-sweep Daniel Vettori, and Andrew Flintoff in the space of three balls proved crucial.
"We've seen before that he's played that shot and it's come off," said Collingwood, referring to Pietersen's dismissal.
"He's obviously trying to hit with the wind and I'm sure he was trying to hit it for six.
"It was a really crucial period losing Freddie to the run-out and myself, three big players with experienced heads who could have perhaps taken us over the line."
The key part of the New Zealand innings was a fifth-wicket stand of 60 between Scott Styris (42) and Craig McMillan (57) which turned things around for the Black Caps.
“I think this cricket is made for me,” admitted McMillan. “It was a good win. The boys scrapped pretty hard after a couple of tough periods.
“We have got hitting power all the way down and at 30 for four we were struggling but we knew if we got 160 on the board we could defend it.”
Captain Daniel Vettori credited his bowlers with pegging England back.
“The bowling in the middle stage and at the death, especially Mark Gillespie, was fantastic,” he said.