Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Colly Wobbles? Not This Time Round; Old Scars Have Healed, Says Veteran

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Colly Wobbles? Not This Time Round; Old Scars Have Healed, Says Veteran

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Byline: STEVE LARKIN of AAP

ENGLAND stalwart Paul Collingwood insists scars have healed from repeated kickings in Australia.

Instead, he says, England actually believe it can win the Ashes in Australia a unlike previous tours.

"It's safe to say I don't think we genuinely had that (belief) the last tours that I have been on coming over here," Collingwood said.

The Poms haven't won the Ashes in Australia since 1986-87.

But this time, Collingwood says, is different.

"I don't think there is any scar tissue or anything like that from series that have gone in the past," he said.

"This is what it's all about, this is why you play the game of cricket.

"They have hit us hard quite a few times in the past, and I have had to endure moments where I have been down in the dressing room.

"It drives you because you want to become better.

"When you face these guys, it's what it is all about, you are getting challenged by the best cricketers in the world in their backyard.

"I remember when we lost 5-0 last time, as soon as we came off the pitch at Perth it was 3-0 and we couldn't win the Ashes.

"From then on it was a[approximately]what can we do from now on to four years time to do this better'.

"This isn't just an overnight thing; we have been thinking about this for a long period of time."

Collingwood stops short of declaring the looming series as payback time.

"We have taken a lot of kicks from what was probably one of the best cricket teams that has ever played in the history of the game," he said.

"Of course, we have taken a lot of kicks.

"But I think the belief we can take out of the last time of playing against Australia a we have beaten them in a lot of pressurised situations, whether it be the Ashes last time, the last one-day series in England ... the Twenty20 World Cup final.

"It just gives you that belief all the time that you can beat Australia."

Collingwood said the current squad embraced, rather than hid from, England's lack of success in Australia.

"Of course it will come up," he said of the lean streak in Australia. …

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