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Collingwood backs England's Twenty20 generation to rule world

August 31, 2011 - London

All-rounder Paul Collingwood believes that England is paving the way to rule the world again with a generation that has grown up with Twenty20 cricket.

Collingwood highlighted that his generation of cricketers had to adapt to a new form of the game, while the current generation players are picked for being Twenty20 cricketers.

"When I started playing it was all about high elbows and playing in the 'V', and you were in trouble if you hit the ball in the air. But that's been well and truly thrown out the window in this form of the game," the Daily Mirror quoted Collingwood, as saying..

"You've players like Joss Buttler coming through who are so strong and able to clear the ropes at will, plus they have all the skills to play the ramp shots and the reverse sweeps and flicks because that is what they've always done."

"Eoin Morgan was perhaps the first guy to come into the side and play those shots as naturally as a cover drive, and to these players they are not unorthodox shots, they are part of the skills you need - full stop," he added.

Under the captaincy of 25-year-old Stuart Broad, England are turning to players who know nothing other than a world that includes the shortest version of the game and have the skills to prove it.

Gone are the likes of Collingwood, 35, Michael Yardy, 30, and Ryan Sidebottom, 33, who all helped capture the Twenty20 World Cup in May last year.


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