England one-day international captain Paul Collingwood has backed his youthful team to maintain the form they've shown so far in their ongoing series with India all the way through to the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent.
Collingwood's men head into Sunday's match here at Headingley 3-1 up in the seven-match series and needing just one more victory to win what would be their first head-to-head one-day campaign since they defeated India 2-1 at home in the run-up to the 2004 Champions Trophy.
Particularly encouraging for England, who failed to reach the semi-finals of this year's World Cup in the Caribbean, has been the one-day form of some of their younger players.
For example, the 22-year-old Ravi Bopara (43 not out) and the 21-year-old Stuart Broad (45 not out) saw England to a three-wicket win against India at Old Trafford on Thursday with a national record eighth-wicket stand of 99 after the side, chasing 213 for victory, had collapsed to 114 for seven.
"It's very exciting," all-rounder Collingwood, who replaced Test captain Michael Vaughan as the one-day team's leader after the World Cup, told reporters at Headingley on Saturday.
"We can get too carried away and I don't want that to happen. I want the players to keep working to the big goals of the ICC Trophy (Pakistan, October 2008) and the World Cup.
"I don't think these guys will sit back and relax. There's a lot of ambition in that team and hopefully we can take it all the way.
"To win three game so far is a good achievement but we've done nothing yet. We've got one more game to win but we want to win the last three."
Much of England's recent success against India has been built on the new-ball performances of both Broad and the 25-year-old James Anderson who between them have, for the most part, managed to keep a star-studded top-order in check.
"Our bowling as a unit has come on leaps and bounds. For two young guys, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad to be opening the attack against a very experienced Indian side, they've shown a lot of maturity," said Collingwood.
He also praised England's batting which, despite a lack of major contributions from Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen, piled up scores in excess of 280 in the opening three matches of this series.
"We've played some exceptional cricket, some of the best cricket we've played as a one-day side to have scored nearly 300 runs in three of the games. That's a massive step forward.
Collingwood, whose previous captaincy experience was confined to a handful of matches in charge of Durham, said he'd relished his new responsibilities.
"You are not just looking after your own game and performing your own little role. I've enjoyed the challenge of it.
"I haven't had a lot of captaincy experience but Peter Moores (England coach), Andy Flower (assistant coach) and Allan Donald (bowling coach) have all helped a lot.
"Since I took over I've felt in charge. I'm still learning. But when you go abroad and play in places like Sri Lanka, this is where you really get tested and learn the most."
Vaughan although still available for one-day cricket has not been included in the current limited overs squad and faces a tough battle to force his way back in.
Asked what the best piece of advice he'd received from Vaughan was, Collingwood, 31, jokingly replied: "To look calm when things are going wrong.
"I tried to do that during the Twenty20s against the West Indies, pretend I was in control."