Collingwood eyes 'big performance'
Paul Collingwood has called on England to deliver a rousing response to their first defeat against Bangladesh by delivering the NatWest Series in style.
Three successive victories over Australia hinted at a vintage summer for the one-day international side but although that was enough to secure the silverware, they lost the remaining two fixtures comfortably.
That was followed by a landmark five-run reverse to the Tigers on Saturday, a result that makes today’s third ODI at Edgbaston a series decider.
And while Collingwood concedes there has been a lack of “ruthlessness” of late, he wants to put in a dominant showing today to end on a high.
“I think it’s a good thing to get straight back out on the park and hopefully put in a big performance,” he said.
“It’s not the position we wanted to be in but now that it has come around today is an important game for us and we want to bounce back well.
“We need to get back to the same intensity as we had at the start of the Australia series. That’s when we were putting the opposition under the most pressure and that’s when we played our best cricket.
“Ruthlessness is a skill in itself and it’s something we need to keep improving on.
“We know that last time out we did not play to the standards we’ve set ourselves over the last year or so.”