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We really don't mind who we play in the semi-final. It makes absolutely no difference to us at all.

We have played a lot against Australia so we know what they are about but whether it's them or Pakistan doesn't matter. It sounds silly but whoever we play we have to beat.

We know we are a good side. It's a case of going out and performing. We need to be more consistent and I think we have been in this tournament.

Losing six one-dayers against Australia was not ideal preparation so it was important we won at Durham. It was surprising how much confidence we got from that game. It was a real boost and showed we are a good side.

We can't forget what happened in the games that we lost though. We can learn from those matches.

Since we have got here we have played some really good cricket. We have played well in all three departments of the game.

We had a brilliant start against Sri Lanka but having had them 17 for four we should have bowled them out for less than 200. Our batters then went out and proved how well they can play.

South Africa are ranked number one in one-day cricket so to beat them in their back yard was a special achievement.

The lads came off the field and said it was the best batting performance in recent years. Owais Shah was excellent in getting 98 while Eoin Morgan played brilliantly. The bowlers did well to defend the total.

The atmosphere was excellent that night. When you stood on the boundary there were not too many England supporters, so you ended up getting a fair amount of stick from the home fans.

Graham Onions & Sanath Jayasuriya

Celebrating the key wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya as England reduce Sri Lanka to 17 for four

They are very passionate about their team and getting some abuse is part and parcel of the game. In situations like that you have to focus on the one thing you need to do. When you get the ball in your hand you have to do your job.

Last night's loss to New Zealand was disappointing.

It was always going to seam around during the game. The pitch wasn't the easiest to bat on - Ravi was going really well and then got one that rolled along the floor.

The toss proved crucial but we fought right to the end and I think it could have gone either way.

You never want to lose a game but we had done the hard work in the two previous games. We had already qualified.

I missed out last night but I want to play in the semi-final. I don't think I have bowled as well as I can and Ryan did well when he came in. Whoever plays though I will want them to do well.

It's been a brilliant year for me so far. It has been a massive learning curve though. I worked hard last winter and had a good start to the season with Durham, but to do as well as I have has been a massive achievement.

People keep saying to me that I've had a great year, but I need to look at what the next stage is. My aim is to keep improving and winning more games for England. You can always get better as a player. I can get fitter, stronger and more consistent with my bowling.

If you play against the best players in the world and are training with the best players in England, you are going to improve.

It's not just about doing it for me though, I want to do well for the team. I want to keep achieving and making a difference for England.

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