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Sunday, November 16, 2008

The key is to take early Indian wickets: Collingwood

The key to bouncing back against India in the second one-day International here on Monday after their huge defeat in the opening encounter at Rajkot would be to take early wickets and put the hosts under pressure, feels England all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

"We just have to stop them. We need to be more aggressive. We want to hit India hard. The key is to take early wickets and put them under pressure," Collingwood said at the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association stadium on Sunday.

"India is very much like any other team. We did not get into a situation from where we could get on top of them. Hopefully we can do it tomorrow," he said.

The visiting team's lower middle order batsman claimed that despite the setbacks for the team in the Stanford Super Series in Antigua and the first ODI at Rajkot, the team was high on confidence.

"Ours in a close-knit team. The morale is very high. We will definitely bounce back (in the series)," he said ahead of the second match.

The good news for the visiting team is the return to fitness of their left arm swing bowler Ryan Sidebottom who gives their attack variety that it lacked at Rajkot.

"Ryan is fully fit to play," Collingwood said.

He said if Yuvraj Singh, who demolished the England attack at Rajkot with a blazing 138 not out, is not available for Monday's tie, it would be an advantage for the tourists.

"It was one of the best innings in one-day internationals. He has scored heavily against us in the Twenty20 World Championship at Durban. If he's not able to play tomorrow, obviously it would be bonus for us," he said.

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