Historically, the British are known for brave words in adversity and so is the case with the current England team that suffered an embarrassing defeat to neighbours Ireland in the 2011 cricket World Cup to find themselves in a tight situation.
Former captain Paul Collingwood displayed the customary “stiff upper lip” while fielding questions from the media on the sidelines of a promotional event here by asserting that England will bounce back. “The result against Ireland was disappointing. All the guys are disappointed, but the confidence level of the side was not affected,” he said.
“We are focused on what we need to do better in the game Sunday. South Africa is a top team and so are we. We won a series in South Africa. However, the conditions were different then,” Collingwood said, referring to the 2-1 series win against the Proteas two seasons ago.
He admitted that the entire England team failed to stop the marauding Irish batsman, Kevin O’Brien, who slammed a record 50-ball century in Bangalore.
“It's not about five bowlers. We did not defend it (the total) as a team. We need to improve upon in some areas for the match against South Africa." England games ‘winnable’, says Trott.
England batsman Jonathan Trott Friday insisted the side's three remaining World Cup group matches, all against Test opposition, were “winnable” after their shock loss to Ireland.
England, who face South Africa in Chennai on Sunday, went down by three wickets to the Irish in Bangalore this week as Kevin O'Brien struck the fastest-ever World Cup hundred in a blistering assault.
That loss, together with a tie against India, has cast major doubts over England's ability to qualify for the quarter-finals with matches still to come against Group B leaders South Africa, Bangladesh and the West Indies.
“We are in a World Cup, three (group) games to go. It's not all doom and gloom,” said Trott, who top-scored with 92 in England's 327 for eight against Ireland on Wednesday. “We've got three very winnable games ahead of us and a huge chance ahead of us to qualify for the quarter-finals,” he added. On SA, he said: “They're obviously a well-drilled side and with (leg-spinner) Imran Tahir now in the team they have a few more options in spin.”