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England captain seeks improvement

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Paul Collingwood admitted England had been outplayed as Australia romped to an eight-wicket win here in Cape Town on Friday in their World Twenty20 match.

“The better side won,” he said. “There are areas we can improve on. It was a disappointing performance but we are through so it gives us a chance to. Quite a lot of batsmen got in and didn’t go on to make that big total. It was always going to be hard to defend a total like that on a pitch like that against a side like Australia who played fantastically well,” he added.

England, having beaten Zimbabwe on Thursday, qualified from their group in second place and now move into the Super Eight phase with a pool comprising South Africa, New Zealand and one other.

That begins with a match against the hosts on Sunday and Collingwood added: “Hopefully we can put them under pressure.”

Counterpart Ricky Ponting was pleased to quickly cast aside the embarrassment of defeat against Zimbabwe.

“We’re a fair bit happier than we were a couple of days ago,” he said. “We knew that we had some better cricket in us than we had the other day and it was a pretty comprehensive win,” he explained.

“We bowled pretty well and did the job with the bat so it was pretty satisfying. The bowling group was where the game was won, we fielded well and took our chances and took our chances with the bat as well. Gilly and Matty were very good,” he added.

TODAY’S MATCHES

Group C: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg. Starts 5.00pm PST

Group A: South Africa v Bangladesh at Cape Town. Starts 9.00pm PST

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