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Paul Collingwood: England on a new level for World T20

By Rory Dollard

Published 01/04/2016

How’s that: Andre Russell celebrates West Indies win
How’s that: Andre Russell celebrates West Indies win

Paul Collingwood rates England's World Twenty20 finalists as braver, bolder and better than the squad he led to glory in the competition six years ago.

Collingwood is the only English captain to lift a major global trophy, having done so in the Caribbean in 2010, but is happy to admit the current generation have taken the game to new heights.

As the team's batting and fielding coach he is hardly a neutral observer, and he had a front row seat in their semi-final victory over New Zealand.

"In the past our line-up probably had one or two players that were real match-winners, this team is full of match-winners," said Collingwood, speaking before the West Indies beat India to join them in Sunday's showpiece.

The Windies beat England in their first group game, but Collingwood clearly has no doubts that a reversal is possible in Kolkata.

"You see them coming through the ranks now and they're taking the game to a different level to what it ever has been in England," he continued.

"These guys are mentally different to what we used to be. 'Who dares wins' is pretty much the motto.

"We probably would think, 'this is a big game' and pull back a little bit. It seems to be the other way round for these guys, they seem to thrive on the excitement of the big stage.

"They want to put the other team under pressure as early as possible and that's the best way to go about it.

"On the odd time it might not work but you'll win things, big tournaments, by having an aggressive approach rather than a conservative one."

Darren Sammy, meanwhile, has sounded a big warning to England ahead of Sunday's final, insisting the West Indies can claim the silverware even if talisman Chris Gayle fails to fire.

Lendl Simmons blasted a match-winning, unbeaten 83 in their last-four triumph over India.

While Gayle will once again be the danger man, captain Sammy claimed Simmons, Johnson Charles or Andre Russell could easily upset England.

"We said it even before the tournament started: everybody said Chris is under pressure, but I said then that yes, Chris is our best player but we have 15 match-winners in this squad," Sammy said.

"Games are won when players take responsibility, and Charles, Simmons and Russell took that responsibility against a very good Indian team."

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