Collingwood targets further glory
Captain Paul Collingwood is aiming for another record in an already memorable tour Down Under when his England side meet Australia in the first Twenty20 international in Adelaide tomorrow.
The tourists can claim an international record eighth consecutive victory in the format when they resume their battle with an Australia team who will be led by new skipper Cameron White.
England's run began during their successful World Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean last May, with their fifth successive win coming in the final against Australia.
Collingwood revealed his side were intent on claiming the record mark and inflicting yet more pain on their arch-rivals in the two-match series, which concludes in Melbourne.
“We’ve won seven on the trot and will set a new record if we make it eight,” he said.
“The guys are very focused and ambitious. It’s not easy to win that many games on the trot in Twenty20.
“They are another two huge games for us leading into the World Cup and the guys are looking forward to it.
“Australia always want to beat England - and we always want to beat them. Whatever form of the game it is against Australia we are desperate to win.
“We’ve got the momentum and obviously don’t want to let Australia back in.”
Newly-appointed Australia T20 vice-captain Tim Paine, who skippered the losing Prime Minister’s XI side in Sunday's 50-over match, concedes that England are the form team in Twenty20 cricket, but warned the hosts will look to bounce back under the leadership of White.
“They certainly have been the best team recently. They’ve been playing fantastic cricket,” Paine said.
“But it’s also a new era for our Twenty20 side as well and we’ve certainly got a good side ourselves.
“We don't want to let them break that world record. Then we want to start something similar ourselves. We’ll be confident going into the T20 game, but England are the current world champions and it will be a huge game.”