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Collingwood elated with win, urges caution

Auckland, Feb 15 (UNI) An elated England skipper, Paul Collingwood, urged caution after his side defeated New Zealand by six wickets in the third one-dayer to keep the series alive.

''We were under a little bit of pressure after the two performances but today we put in a really solid performance and bounced back,'' Collingwood said. ''We've given ourselves an opportunity now to win the series, but I'm not going to get too carried away - we've won only one.'' The 31-year-old was happy with the display put up by his boys.

''The way they've gone out and played today is a very satisfying thing,'' he said. ''We've been playing some really good one-day cricket recently, but New Zealand pretty much out-skilled us in the first two games and we didn't have an answer for them.

''Today, the guys went out there and were controlled really from ball one and I think that's why we got the early wickets,'' he added. ''It was important that anybody put their hand up, anybody put in that special performance.

''Whether it was experienced players or youngsters who have only played a handful of games, it was important someone went out there and won the game.'' After playing a captain's innings, Collingwood, who won the Man-of-the-Match award also said ''Whether you're captain or not, to hit the winning runs off is a satisfying thing to do. To get a not out is one of the best feelings in the game.'' UNI XC AB RKM PM1728

Story first published: Friday, February 15, 2008, 18:07 [IST]
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