England have recovered from Ireland shock: Collingwood

Chennai: England have recovered from the shock loss to minnows Ireland in a World Cup match and the team is confident of beating title favourites South Africa in tomorrow`s must-win match, insisted all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

"Of course we got a disappointing result against Ireland. But this team usually bounces back from disappointments very fast and immediately. We want a good result on Sunday," Collingwood said last night on the sidelines of a function to launch Slazenger sports products, for which he is one of the brand ambassadors.

On tomorrow`s match, a must-win for England, Collingwood conceded that South Africa are a top team and very strong in all departments.

"But we are a very strong side ourselves. In the past two years, we have played against South Africa a fair bit and actually have a good record. We won the one-day series against them. But the conditions are different here and we have got to adjust and play better than them on that day."

He asserted that the upset loss to Ireland had not dented the confidence of the English players. Collingwood blamed the batsmen-friendly flat wickets for the poor show by the bowlers in their last three matches.

"All the guys are disappointed obviously to lose against Ireland. We have built a very strong side not just a strong side with skills but also mentally in the last couple of years. A defeat like this can affect the boys but I don`t think it will affect the confidence too much.

"I think we are very focused on what we need to do better than we did in the Ireland game and what we need to do against South Africa. So we are still very confident," Collingwood said.