Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Collingwood's Sure This Is Just the Start for New England; Skipper Says Twenty20 Triumph Was Built on Fresh Belief, Fuelling Hope of Bright Future in the Longer Game. by Edward Black

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Collingwood's Sure This Is Just the Start for New England; Skipper Says Twenty20 Triumph Was Built on Fresh Belief, Fuelling Hope of Bright Future in the Longer Game. by Edward Black

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Byline: Edward Black

THERE were a few sore heads among England's cricketers as they awoke in Barbados this morning after celebrating the end of a 35-year wait for a World Cup by winning the ICC World Twenty20.

But coach Andy Flower will have a headache of a different kind as he ponders how best to translate the success of his team's emphatic seven-wicket victory over Australia in Bridgetown into something long term.

Having reached the summit in Twenty20, England's challenge will be to deliver similar improvements in the 50-over format. Their impressive showing in the Caribbean will raise expectations for next year's World Cup in the subcontinent. The good news for English fans is that no one is resting on their laurels even if ECB chief executive David Collier set some alarm bells ringing by suggesting another open top bus tour was under consideration.

Skipper Paul Collingwood thinks his team have more self-belief than previous one-day outfits. "You can see from the way the guys have gone out from the first ball, believing in themselves, taking it to the opposition and playing a brand of cricket that is unlike England in the past," he said.

"We're going to savour the moment and enjoy it, because we deserve to. But good teams kick on, and that's exactly what we'll get drilled into the guys. We've got a lot more potential as well -- that's the scary part about it. We can go even further."

Likewise Kevin Pietersen, named player of the tournament after scoring 248 runs at an average of 62, said it was important they learned from Australia's "winning habit."

"We've got to keep working hard," said Pietersen. "The more you play, the more you win and the more it becomes a habit, like the great Australians. This team are hungry for success, they want to win."

After losing their four previous World Cup finals England were ruthless yesterday.

They reduced Australia to eight for three after 13 balls before Michael Clarke's side were again bailed out by their middle order as they posted a competitive 147 for six, with David Hussey top-scoring on 59.

Craig Kieswetter (63) and Pietersen (47) shared a stand of 111 in England's reply, clearing the ropes with apparent ease off such 90mph quicks as Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait, before both fell in quick succession. …

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