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Collingwood eyes more world glory

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Paul Collingwood spoke ahead of the NatWest Series with Australia

Paul Collingwood believes the upcoming NatWest Series against Australia offers England an ideal opportunity to continue to build momentum ahead of next year's ICC World Cup.

England's one-day cricket has been on an upward curve in recent times with back-to-back series wins in South Africa and Bangladesh preceding their World Twenty20 success.

And Collingwood, who has been missing through a shoulder injury since skippering England to their first triumph in a world tournament, hopes they can continue to enjoy success under the guidance of Andrew Strauss.

“I think the 50-over form of the game is pretty much the same as 20 overs but with that middle period added in,” he told ECBtv.

Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood hopes England can build on their recent World Twenty20 success

“Obviously you have the powerplays at the start which involve the same restrictions and then death bowling at the end.

“You always want to be playing the best teams and Australia have proven over the last 10 or 15 years that they are one of the best in the world.

“They gave us a hammering in the one-day series last year and it would be nice to go out there and turn that around this time.

“We are building towards the World Cup - our planning started from the last one. I am sure `Straussy` and Andy Flower have 80% of the side decided in their minds now.

“If we can get the confidence going by winning as many games as possible up to that World Cup it will give us a better chance to win it.”

Collingwood's absence for the recent Bangladesh Test series has allowed him to get some much-needed rest and spend time with his family.

And he believes time out from the game has allowed him to focus his mind as he prepares for a busy summer - starting with Saturday's ODI with Scotland.

“The shoulder feels pretty good now,” he added. “When we got back from the Caribbean I had a couple of injections.

“It took a little bit of a rest period and rehabilitation work in the gym but it feels good now.

“In between that I have been able to visit Disneyland, Paris, with the wife and kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the time off.

“The time has been good for the body as well as the mind and hopefully I have used it well. I`m certainly raring to go for what is going to be a long, hard season for us.”

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