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Ashes all that matters for our fans, says Collingwood

cricket Updated: Sep 10, 2009 17:52 IST
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Paul Collingwood insisted England faced an uphill battle in convincing their supporters that one-day cricket was important following this season's Ashes success.

"It seems to me that the public of England are just interested in the Ashes and everything else doesn't matter too much," 33-year-old Collingwood said in London on Wednesday.

England gave birth to modern professional limited overs cricket back in the 1960s and pioneered Twenty20, the sport's shortest top-flight format.

Even so one-day matches have tended to be tolerated as a financial necessity by many within the English game, be they administrators, players, spectators and the media, with priority given to Test cricket, still the 'real thing'.

England are currently 2-0 down in their seven match one-day international (ODI) series against Australia ahead of Wednesday's Rose Bowl day/nighter.

But, with home fans still rejoicing in the team's 2-1 Test series win over Australia, wrapped up last month at the Oval, it seems many England supporters couldn't care less about a series widely regarded as an Ashes afterthought.

"To us, as players, this is an important stepping stone, we want to continue improving our one-day cricket," said Collingwood.