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We'll have a team meeting tonight (Wednesday), but let me tell you I'm not going to come out with any rip-roaring speech.
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen will have just 20 hours to overcome jet-lag before the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final against Sri Lanka, which starts at 4.30pm (BST) on Thursday.
Pietersen dashed home to witness the birth of his first child, a boy, after helping his adopted country to victory over the land of his birth, South Africa, on May 8.
Ravi Bopara filled in at number three for Monday's win over New Zealand as England claimed top spot in Group E.
The squad went through final preparations for the semi-final on Wednesday morning without Pietersen, whose flight was due to touch down in St Lucia later in the day.
But he is certain to return to the starting XI in what is likely to be the only change and skipper Paul Collingwood is confident Pietersen will be ready, both physically and mentally, to slot straight back in.
"In this form of the game especially, your frame of mind is the crucial thing," said Collingwood.
"He's going to be in a great frame of mind. He's just had a baby boy; he'll be a happy man; he's had a little bit of a break, and it might do him the world of good just to come straight back into it.
"There's nothing technical he has to change. It's just his mindset, and I'm sure his mind is 100 percent right. He'll be a happy man, and raring to go.
"He put two man-of-the-match performances in before he left. The way he's playing at the moment, getting a player back like that is a great confidence boost for all of us."
Collingwood is equally convinced of his team's collective well-being.
There are no signs of big-match nerves in the camp, to the extent that the captain sees no point in stirring the players up with any extra motivational speeches.
"I don't need it. The guys are ready; they are excited," he said.
"If there was a feeling around the camp that the guys are nervous or anything like that then maybe something would have to be said.
"But the guys are so confident and focused on the jobs they've got to do, the roles they've got to play.
"We'll have a team meeting tonight (Wednesday), but let me tell you I'm not going to come out with any rip-roaring speech.
"We're confident that if we put similar performances in we're going to win.
"We're not going overboard because we've got to give Sri Lanka a lot of respect - they're a great Twenty20 side - but if we play anything like we can, we're confident we can win."
England's unbeaten Group E campaign is another reason for Collingwood's optimism - because he is an advocate of the concept that success breeds success.
"I know I keep harping back to IPLs and things like this, but we won three on the trot with Delhi and then kind of took our foot off the gas a little bit," he added.
"It is amazing how one defeat can turn the confidence. So it was crucial to go out against New Zealand especially, once we had made the semis, and put in another strong performance.
"I just had a real sense when we turned up, with the squad that we had, we made some great selections from the start - and they have really come good for us.
"We are confident but not too confident. The boys really do know their roles in the side - and I think that, keeping that same side, it has really helped everyone to help understand their own and each other's games.
"There was a real belief there from the start, and the boys can't wait to play tomorrow."
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are considering a recall for spinner Ajantha Mendis as they bid to reach their second straight World T20 final.
Holders Pakistan, who beat Sri Lanka in the 2009 final at Lord's, meet Australia in the second semi-final on Friday.
England (from): PD Collingwood (capt), C Kieswetter, MJ Lumb, KP Pietersen, EJG Morgan, LJ Wright, MH Yardy, TT Bresnan, GP Swann, SCJ Broad, RJ Sidebottom, JM Anderson
Sri Lanka (from): KC Sangakkara (capt, wkt), DPMD Jayawardene, ST Jayasuriya, TM Dilshan, AD Mathews, CK Kapugedara, NLTC Perera, CU Jayasinghe, S Randiv, SL Malinga, T Thushara, BAW Mendis, KMDN Kulasekara
Well done to the World XI.........sorry England. Great to see that your academies in foreign countries are starting to pay off!!
Posted 19:38 13th May 2010
Good Luck to England, i also would like to comment that rather then get annoyed by the supporters of countries that have been eliminated and there comment regards non english players i actually makes me more happy as i realise how dissapointed they are not to be in the competition any longer. Well done england on playing a total complete game during the tournaments. Good Luck
Posted 15:35 13th May 2010
wel jake looks lyk ur welsh ... i do feel sorry at the end of the day england have come on leaps and bounds during this tournament the fielding and some of the catching has been first class we deserve to win this tournament never mind being in the semis so lets do this for all the english men in the country !!! COME ON U ENGLAND !!
Posted 14:34 13th May 2010
Typical English whiners who always whine about chucking just because u dont have a proper bowler..Malinga is simply the best death bowler in the world... no two words about that.. and as for pietersen being of african descent..well wats wrong with that?... he has a passport after all which says he s british.. and today as usual England will flop as they have done so in the past major tournaments.. always a runners up never a winner.............. pressure usually gets to this team doesnt it in the big stage
Posted 13:56 13th May 2010
Having watched MALINGA, (I hope spellings correct), I still think he throws, rather than bowls the ball. The action seems like you use skimming a stone on the water. I just wish England the best of luck and hope we can go all the way.
Posted 12:46 13th May 2010
Well done England this series, relieved that KP is in the team for semi final Keep up the attack
Posted 08:38 13th May 2010
Such a shame to see England "Relying" on the Might of the Southern hemisphere to see them through! How much longer is it going to be before we see the the whole First XI named as South Africans? This must be very disheartening to young county cricketers to see this going on. You're ENGLAND - PICK ENGLISH!!
Posted 06:15 13th May 2010
Great to have KP back, great sense of selflessness on his part to jet straight back to the Carribean within days of his first childs birth. The only change that I see the England Team needs to secure it's first 20/20 WC trophy is slotting in Jimmie Anderson for Sidebottom or Bresnan. I'm sorry but I just don't see the same Sidebottom of 2 years ago, since his year of injuries he just doesn't have the pace anymore and gets splattered all over the pitch too consistently. It could be sour grapes for how the ECB did Hoggie a few years back, but i swear he was cut-off clean from the International arena for losing his pace, so why is it there determined to play Sidebottom when you have a bowler like Anderson in the squad? why did they even bother bringing Jimmie to the Carribean? wouldn't it of been better for Jim and his county if he'd stayed in Manchester instead of sitting on a bench for the last 3 weeks? Somehow the ECB and their selectors always seem to get it wrong and cost us series after series and hopefully it won't cost us the WC. Anyone who thinks Sidebottom or Bresnan will be effective against the Aussies is delusional. The only bowler currently playing for England that will get even an ounce of respect from the Aussies is Swann. The rest of them have been battered over the years by these same batsmen in the Australian side, and I see no way on this earth that they'll all of a sudden be afraid of Sidebottom, Broad, Yardy, or Bresnan.
Posted 23:06 12th May 2010
So glad to have KP back. What a difference he makes to the side. Despite promising performances from other England batsmen, we still need his class.
Posted 19:30 12th May 2010
Our name is written on the trophy so go on boys go and collect it in that all attacking style that has seen you proud.
Posted 19:30 12th May 2010
cum on england bring home the trophy u have been the best team at the tournament and the attacking style you have adopted is brilliant. lets hope we use same players in 50 over game
Posted 18:12 12th May 2010
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