Go hard at Australia, urges Colly

ALL-ROUNDER Paul Collingwood has called on England to use the forthcoming one-day series against Australia to intimidate their old rivals ahead of this year’s Ashes series.

England set the tone for their 2005 success with the aggressive and fearless way they took on the Aussies in the short contests that preceded the main event.

And with another Ashes series Down Under just five months away, Twenty20 captain Collingwood sees this as the perfect opportunity to lay down another marker.

“You’ve got to go hard at them. We’ve learnt that over the last five or six years,” said Collingwood ahead of tomorrow’s first ODI.

“If you go hard at them and it comes off, it puts them under a lot of pressure. The 2005 series was a prime example because we had a lot of skill but also went hard at them and we’ll continue to do that.”

22 Jun, Rose Bowl (day/night); 24 Jun, Cardiff (d/n); 27 Jun, Old Trafford; 30 Jun, The Oval (d/n); 3 Jul, Lord’s