Collingwood demands improvement
An honest Paul Collingwood told the media the best team won on Friday night
Paul Collingwood has urged England to bounce back quickly from the shock four-wicket defeat to Holland if they are to progress to the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20.
Last night's setback at Lord's has left England needing victory over Pakistan at The Oval tomorrow if they are not to suffer an embarrassing departure from the event.
Having scored a competitive 162 for five, England were humbled when Edgar Schiferli scrambled a second run to secure victory off the final ball of the match after Stuart Broad missed with his throw at the stumps.
As Holland celebrated deep into the night, England retreated to the dressing room but captain Collingwood has underlined the need to shrug off their disappointment if they are not to become the first casualty of the tournament.
"The boys are very disappointed but we have to bounce back, it's as simple as that," stressed Collingwood.
"We're still in the tournament, we have 24 hours to get our heads around it and we have to play a hell of a lot better on Sunday.
"Pakistan are obviously a very good side. They got to the final of the last Twenty20 World Cup, they're very skilful and we're going to have to be at our very, very best to beat that side but we can do it."
Holland reached their target in wet conditions as Tom de Grooth smashed an enterprising 49, Peter Borren hit 30 and Ryan ten Doeschate guided his side home with an unbeaten 22.
"We thought we had enough runs on the board but they came out and played with plenty of freedom and belief," reflected Collingwood.
"The way they knocked the runs off was mightily impressive. We were beaten by the better side. Full credit to them.
"Their batting did surprise us. The way they went about their cricket was well planned. Every time we got a wicket we thought we were on top but every batsman that came out seemed to score boundaries from ball one."
The only panic surfaced in the final over which Stuart Broad began with seven required by the men in orange.
Three missed run-out chances - including one from the final ball - and a dropped catch cost England dear.
"Batting-wise we played to our capabilities," said Holland captain Jeroen Smits, whose side were intent on using their $100 daily allowance on celebratory drinks in the bar.
"Twenty20 is all about momentum and at half-time we spoke to the batsmen in the dressing room and said: 'We are going to do it today'.
"I would rather be 80 all out than 130 for five, so I told them to play hard, play their shots and they had nothing to lose."
Their batting highlighted England’s struggle to build on a record first-wicket stand of 102 by Luke Wright (71) and Ravi Bopara (46).
"Wright and Bopara at the top of the order really set us a platform but the rest of us got out pretty cheaply when we should have got a score of 180," Collingwood said. "It was hard to explain. I don't know the reason why.
"The batsmen kept coming in and found it hard to get the pace on the ball and clear the ropes."
England hope to have Kevin Pietersen available again after he sat out last night's defeat with a recurrence of Achilles tendon problems.
"You always miss a player like that," Collingwood reflected. "Obviously for his experience but also for his power-hitting as well.
"He woke up this morning and felt very sore, which was a surprise to him and a surprise to the rest of us.
"Hopefully he is going to be fit for Sunday because this is now a must-win game for us."
Pietersen, who missed the one-day series against West Indies to rest his Achilles, had a scan and injection yesterday in an effort to cure him of the ongoing problem.
But with the Ashes series due to start in five weeks at Cardiff, Collingwood stressed they would take no risks with Pietersen - or anyone else - in the coming days.
"He woke up this morning and felt very sore and it was a surprise to him and more of a surprise to the rest of us," revealed Collingwood.
"The medical staff have had a good look at him and seen what they need to do for Sunday and I'm hoping he's going to be fit.
“We're obviously not going to take any major risks because we've all got a big year ahead of us, but this is now a must-win game for us on Sunday and if he's fit he'll be playing."