Keeping our feet on the ground

Posted in England team blog

After what happened in Guyana we could have lost some belief but beating Pakistan has got our confidence back. It was a great win. Beating the defending champions has given us a huge boost.

It was a great fightback from us. Pakistan were in a good position at 71 for one and looked set for a big score but Swanny bowled well and got the wicket of Salman Butt which helped us drag the game back. They didn't really get away from us after that although Saeed Ajmal slogged a few at the end.

There was a period in their innings where we took four wickets in about five or six overs which stemmed the flow of runs.

Shahid Afridi getting run out first ball was a real bonus. He can be such a destructive batsman. He knocked it into the offside, went for a single and got stranded in the middle of the pitch. I wasn't sure if there was a run there as I wasn't really looking.

I was really happy with how I bowled. I went for 12 runs in my first over so I was pleased to claw it back and finish with 2-19 from four. Swanny taking a wicket after my first over helped as it meant I was bowling at two right-handers which I prefer. Taking wickets helped keep my figures down too.

Our chase was really professional. The guys up top, Lumby and Kiesy, really set the tone and gave us some momentum which carried on throughout the innings. KP's innings was exceptional and that meant Pakistan didn't really have a sniff. There are often twists in a Twenty20 game but we were always in control.

It was good to show what we can do as a side but we are not getting carried away with one win. We haven't set any targets and are just looking at the next game which is South Africa on Saturday.

Mike Yardy

We knew that getting the dangerous Shahid Afridi out early would be important if we were to beat Pakistan

They are another excellent team but we can take confidence from beating them in a warm-up game last week. We know we will have to be on top of our game if we want to beat them again.

I'm really enjoying being back with England. You could say it was unexpected getting called up but now I am playing for England again I want to play my part in the remaining games.

I'm lucky that the guys have allowed me to play the same sort of role that I do for Sussex. I'm quite experienced at doing it, admittedly at domestic level rather than in internationals, but I'm comfortable with the job I have.

The Caribbean is a great place to play cricket and I'm looking forward to the next game.