Colly calls for improvement

Skipper wants more from England after easy win for Aussies.

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Colly calls for improvement

Collingwood: Wants improvement

Comments don't mean anything if you can't back them up. They had the opportunity but if anything they've walked off humiliated.

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Paul Collingwood knows his England side need to improve after Australia strolled to an eight-wicket victory against the old enemy.

After Zimbabwe stunned the Aussies but lost to England, Collingwood's side went into the match knowing that a win would dump Australia out of the tournament.

However, Ricky Ponting had rallied his troops and they responded in style by bowling England out for 135 and achieved their target with 5.1 overs left to spare.

"I think after today there are areas we can improve on," Collingwood told Sky Sports after the match.

"But we are through and it's a chance to improve and we have a big (Super Eight) game now on Sunday.

"Quite a lot of batsmen got in today and did not go on. It was always going to be hard to defend that.

"They (Australia) came out fantastically well but hopefully we can come out and do well."

Both sides then went through to the Super Eight stage of the tournament and squeezed out a plucky Zimbabwe side in the process.

Aussie response

Ponting says the win was set up by some tight bowling that restricted England to a target that was never going to be competitive.

"The bowling group was where the game was won," said Ponting. "We took our chances again with the bat and today it came off.

"We showed a lot of character. We were excellent today. We bowled well, the fielding was sharp and we showed more intensity."

It was the perfect response by Australia to Kevin Pietersen's unwise comments before the game that England wanted to 'humiliate' the Aussies by sending them packing.

"Comments don't mean anything if you can't back them up," said Ponting.

"They had the opportunity but if anything they've walked off humiliated."

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