Collingwood confident of team abilities, doesn't require a Churchillian speech

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London, May 13 (ANI): Ahead of today's T20 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka, England skipper Paul Collingwood is so confident about his team that he says it will not require a Churchillian speech to rally them ahead of the crucial game.

Collingwood has so much faith in 'the most powerful England team' he has ever seen that a grand speech would be of no use for him.

Commenting on his team business in the Caribbean and playing in a fearless style, Collingwood joked: "Just call me brave."

"I don't need a speech to be honest. The guys are ready and they are excited to have a crack at reaching a world final. If there was a feeling around the camp that the guys are nervous or anything like that, then maybe something would have to be said," The Mirror quoted him, as saying.

"But the guys are so focused in the jobs they've got to do and the roles they've got to play. We'll have a team meeting before the game, but let me tell you I'm not going to come out with any rip-roaring speech," Collingwood said.

"The guys are just so confident in the jobs they're doing. We look at areas we can improve, and you can be a little bit pernickety, but we're certain that if we put similar performances in we're going to win," The Mirror quoted him, as saying.

"There are no nerves in the camp and it is certainly the most powerful England side that I've played in. When you look down the team sheet at the ability to hit sixes, it gives you confidence," Collingwood said.

England will make one change with Pietersen coming back in for Ravi Bopara. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 17:06 [IST]
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