Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Kiwis Crush Sorry England Yet Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Kiwis Crush Sorry England Yet Again

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CAPTAIN Paul Collingwood was at a loss to explain England's 10- wicket thrashing by New Zealand in Hamilton.

The tourists collapsed to 158 all out after a lengthy rain break, and the Black Caps reached their target of 165, set under the Duckworth-Lewis method, off only 18.1 overs.

"It was very poor, very disappointing," Collingwood said.

"All the blokes in the dressing room are devastated at that performance.

"We had a good start and when the rain came it really took the stuffing out of us in some ways.

"I don't know why, I wish I could pinpoint it, but from that moment on really it was a very poor performance.

"When we came out after the break we didn't get ourselves in, we had another few run-outs, which was again disappointing because we didn't learn from the last game.

"It's not the standards that we like to set ourselves. We're not getting the totals on the board to defend and obviously we've got to put that right pretty soon.

"We've got three days before the next game and we've got to work hard to do that."

Collingwood called for England to show character ahead of the third match on Friday.

"There'll certainly be plenty of talking done," he said. "What it comes down to now is what kind of characters we've got to bounce back from that kind of defeat.

"These defeats hurt a lot and they should do. We've got to talk a lot, be honest with ourselves and see where we can improve.

"There are 11 very disappointed blokes in that dressing room."

England's bowlers all took a pounding, but Collingwood put the poor figures down to enthusiasm.

"We possibly came out a bit too aggressive," he said.

"They're a young set of lads and they want to take wickets and win games for England, but they hit the ball beautifully."

The tourists were also well beaten in the opening game and now need to win the remaining three matches to take the series. …

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