Collingwood: Correct coach vitally important

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Former captain Paul Collingwood has backed England to recover from an admittedly poor start to the year.

Former captain Paul Collingwood has backed England to recover from an admittedly poor start to the year.

Whitewashed five-nil by Australia in the Test arena and the subject of an early exit at the World Twenty20, the English will require a prompt turnaround come June's series against Sri Lanka and July's visit from India.

The England and Wales Cricket Board, meanwhile, will name former head coach Andy Flower's successor soon. Flower departed after heavy defeat to the Australians, leaving Giles, former Test coach Peter Moores and former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss among the firm favourites to fill the vacancy.

"It has been a tough winter and that's going to challenge you mentally, the confidence levels and all that kind sort of stuff," Collingwood told <i>Sky Sports News</i>.

"Whoever takes the job on, it's pretty much exciting times, because the potential how far that side can go is very, very high.

"It's vitally important that we get the right man and the right man for the environment and the dressing room.

"We all want what's best for English cricket, we want to get the right man for the future of English cricket and that's the important decision. So I am sure they have got a few good candidates in there.

Collingwood assisted Giles during the WT20 in Bangladesh, where the English suffered a severe lack of success against New Zealand and the Netherlands – and failed to secure a semi-final berth despite victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka.

"I have seen what Ashley has done. I have obviously been involved with him and I have been very impressed behind the scenes with the amount of work he has put in and I think he did create a very good environment," added Collingwood.

"But we will just have to wait and see. I guess it's who puts in the best interview. But I have to say the work ethic was fantastic from the boys out there. I guess when you have been beaten by the Netherlands everybody looks at the emotional side and says 'look that's not good enough'.

"It isn't good enough, of course, losing against the Netherlands. But we did a lot of good things on the run up to that, beating Sri Lanka as well – the only side to beat them – and I don't think we are far away."

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