Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More in the Tank

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More in the Tank

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Byline: Philip Tallentire

Paul Collingwood today insisted England can improve on their stunning Headingley display against Australia in tomorrow's second NatWest Challenge fixture.

Thursday's nine-wicket victory was England's biggest win over the world champions in 83 one-day encounters against them and underlined the vast improvements made since the disappointing 2003 World Cup campaign.

That triumph followed a stunning comeback in Saturday's NatWest Series final at Lord's when England recovered from a perilous 33 for five to claim a tie off the last ball and continue their run of success against Australia.

But Durham's Collingwood, who expertly exploited the conditions to claim four for 34 during Thursday's victory, believes there is a lot more to come from England's developing line-up as they prepare for tomorrow's tie against the Australians at Lord's and build towards the 2007 World Cup.

"Winning has given us a lot of confidence and we know we're heading in the right direction, but we also know as a team we're 20pc off," he stressed. "We're still not playing excellent cricket. There are still areas of the game when we're not quite on the ball, there are little things here and there that we still need to improve on and we realise that.

"There's still a long way to go, but we can improve and the good thing about this team is we're winning and we can improve."

DURHAM'S endured a rude return to County Championship cricket at the Riverside.

On the day they were knocked off the top of the totesport League due to Sussex's win over Kent, visitors Lancashire romped into a strong position on day one of their Division Two championship clash.

Leaders Durham crumbled from 72-0 to 167 all out and third-placed Lancashire, who began the match 32 points in arrears, replied with 112-1.

To add to Durham's misery opening batsman Jon Lewis was led from the field shortly before the close after an attempted diving stop left him with a suspected broken collar bone. …

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