London: England captain Paul Collingwood believes his team can exploit their role as unfancied outsiders and become a dangerous dark horse to lift the Twenty20 World Cup.
Collingwood believes without that pressure, England can thrive during the coming weeks and perhaps build up enough momentum to become serious challengers on home soil.
Asked whether there was a lot of pressure as hosts, Collingwood stressed: “We"ve got a slight advantage knowing the conditions, but it"s probably the other way around and there are not a lot of expectations on our shoulders.
“We"re very much dark horses and hopefully that will give the boys a bit more of a licence. The belief and the freedom to go out there and express yourself is important in this form of the game so hopefully that gives the boys a bit more of a licence and they won"t have as much pressure on them," he added.
Chasing Scotland"s 136 for five on Tuesday, Pietersen sealed their triumph with an over to spare on his first England appearance since missing the one-day series triumph against West Indies with Achilles problems, The Independent reports.
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Collingwood confirmed that England may field a stronger side later today after James Anderson (left ankle) and off-spinner Graeme Swann (back) were rested as a precaution against niggles in their final match before the tournament opener against Holland at Lord"s on Friday.
“There are obviously areas we"re going to have a look at and yesterday was more of an experimental side, but we''ll make decisions when we get our heads together and our next side will be more like the side that will be playing on Friday," he said.