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England find some form ahead of WC opener

England flies to India on Saturday with two World Cup warmup victories in the bag and rising hopes that its form has finally returned ahead of the team's opening clash with the Netherlands next week.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2011 12:22 IST

England flies to India on Saturday with two World Cup warmup victories in the bag and rising hopes that its form has finally returned ahead of the team's opening clash with the Netherlands next week.

Stuart Broad's second successive five-wicket haul and half-centuries by opener Kevin Pietersen and allrounder Paul Collingwood were among several positives for England in a convincing warmup victory over Pakistan at Fatullah, near Dhaka on Friday.

"We always had them behind the eight-ball," says Collingwood after the 67-run win, which followed a 3-2 series victory over the same opponent last year in England.