Collingwood wants more from bowling attack

England (Match Betting – England 4/7, West Indies 11/8) coach Paul Collingwood says he wants to see more ruthlessness from his bowlers when trying to close out games.

Wednesday sees them play their third match of the T20 series away at the West Indies, with the game taking place at the Kensington Oval.

The series is currently 1-1 (Series Betting – England 1/2, West Indies 13/8) with the Windies thrashing the tourists by nine wickets on Saturday in what was another chastening evening for English cricket.

However, England recovered and squeezed home by one run to win the second match and give themselves a much-required confidence boost.

It proved to be much closer than necessary but the hosts needed 30 runs from the last over in what seemed to be a hopeless task.

Tail-ender Akeal Hosein hit a brilliant 44 not out, including three fours and four sixes, with England’s attack struggling to put the game to bed.

Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali (Top England wicket-takers – Rashid 12/5, Ali 5/1) were the most impressive performers with the ball, grabbing three and two wickets respectively, but England otherwise found it tough to break the hosts down on a challenging surface.

And, Collingwood has called upon his attack to improve if they want to win the series in the Caribbean.

“We can’t hide away from the fact that it is an area that, if we get right, then it is a very formidable side,” he said. “We just have to make sure that we can rely on four or five to do the job at any given time.

“Whether it’s CJ, whether it’s Reece Topley, Tymal Mills, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer when he gets himself fit – there’s a lot of players out there who can do the job.”

Elsewhere, Collingwood revealed Liam Livingstone (Top England run-scorer 18/5) could be recalled for the third match after a bout of illness.

The 28-year-old has emerged as a star of the white ball game and is one of only four England players to register a T20 century.

Collingwood added: “Liam’s had oesophagitis. He’s getting a lot more energy back in himself, he’s looking more himself, so hopefully he’s fine, there’s a good chance.”

Author: Paula Allen