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Cricket: Maddy sees room for improvement; CRICKET: The latest World Twenty20 and county action.

WARWICKSHIRE'S Darren Maddy admitted England still had plenty of work to do despite a comfortable 50- run victory over Zimbabwe in the World Twenty20.

Maddy made 14 from eight balls at the top of the order before Kevin Pietersen (79) and Paul Collingwood (37) took England past 150 only for a late collapse to leave Zimbabwe - who had beaten Australia 24 hours earlier - an achievable target of 189 to win.

But after Zimbabwe had raced to 74 for no wicket Dimitri Mascarenhas (3-18) and Chris Schofield (2-15) ensured Englandwouldn't be on the end of an upset in Cape Town.

"We lost momentum towards the end and Zimbabwe fielded well - they were very competitive on a good pitch," said Maddy.

"We lost a few quick wickets and against the better sides we can't afford to do that, we lost momentum and that can be dangerous you need to keep the scoreboard ticking over in Twenty20.

"Credit to Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen they had a great partnership and that was a big part of our innings.

"But we will need to give them more support in the future if we are to progress in the tournament."

Maddy is among a host of Twenty20 specialists included in Peter Moores' squad and will be expected to deliver when England attempt to send Australia packing today.

Victory for Englandwould end the 50-over World Champions' hopes of adding the Twenty20 crown to their honours list and Maddy believes the experience in the English camp will prove crucial when the arch rivals lock horns.

"I think the domestic specialists can really help England to succeed as we have the experience," added the 33-year-old.

"Twenty20 isn't necessarily about hitting every single ball for six, it's about understanding the game and how to work to your best advantage.

"I think we will pass on plenty of knowledge with our domestic knowledge.

"Facing Australia is obviously a step up from the domestic game but the principals of the game are still the same, it's about keeping the game moving and remaining positive throughout the game."

WEST INDIES cricket slumped to another low yesterday when they were bundled out of the World Twenty20 in Johannesburg.

Bangladesh beat them by six wickets destruction to book their place in the Super 8s and send the Windies home after their defeat against South Africa on Tuesday.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 14, 2007
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