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ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Craig Kieswetter & Michael Lumb

"We know what Lumb and Kieswetter can do," said Paul Collingwood, reflecting on their hard-hitting knocks this winter

Paul Collingwood remains convinced it is simply a matter of time before Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter overpower England's World Twenty20 opposition.

West Indies are in the firing line tomorrow, in Group D at the Guyana National Stadium - and although England's new power-hitting opening pair have yet to click together after two warm-up victories, captain Collingwood's faith in their abilities is undiminished.

England will begin their campaign after pre-tournament successes over Bangladesh and South Africa in Barbados.

And Collingwood has seen enough from both openers to know they will be devastating once unleashed properly.

"We know what Lumb and Kieswetter can do, and they can be very powerful," he said. "They haven't hit their straps so far, but I'm sure they will."

England were knocked out of their own World Twenty20 by West Indies at the Brit Oval just under a year ago; yet Collingwood senses things will be very different this time.

"Our batsmen are a lot more powerful than they were a year ago, so potentially we're a lot more dangerous.

"We all saw the innings at Abu Dhabi that Michael Lumb played (for England Lions against England), and that's what we're looking for.

"He puts the bowlers under pressure; he's a real strong hitter. I'm sure once he gets a score on the board, he'll gain in confidence and do well for us.

"We all know what Kieswetter can do, and it potentially gives us a really powerful batting line-up. I'm sure those two guys will come good."

Collingwood is nonetheless not about to underestimate opponents who themselves have the firepower of his opposite number Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy at their disposal.

Michael Yardy

An efficient performance from the bowlers against South Africa suggests that "dimension" is well covered, argues the captain

The presence of former England bowling coach Ottis Gibson as the Windies' new coach is another sub-plot.

England, though, cannot afford to show Gibson or anyone else an ounce of sentiment - until they have won.

"Ottis is a very close friend to all of us," added Collingwood.

"But we have a job to do, to go out and win this match, and we're confident that if we can play our best cricket against any team we can beat them.

"They've got quite a few match-winners - Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, who has certainly improved as a cricketer.

"They always have that confidence and attitude to let their talent take over - and, of course, this game is all about confidence."

England, he insists, are not lacking on that score either.

"We've got to play under pressure now," he said. "But I think all three dimensions of the game look pretty solid.

"Our bowling was fantastic the other day against South Africa. We're pretty confident we can go through to the next stage.

"We're very clear on the team we're going to go in with, but our policy is not to give it away too early.

"We've got four great seamers, so one of them is going to have to miss out.

"We were pretty clear on our team when we got here, and there have been no surprises since about how it is going to be formed."

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