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12:00 AM, February 18, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 18, 2009

Colly backs Eng chances

Paul Collingwood believes batting will become a lottery over the last three days on an Antigua Recreation Ground pitch that has started to play unevenly and this favours England to win the third Test against West Indies.
Collingwood was speaking after he hit his eighth Test hundred of 113 in England's first innings total of 566 for nine declared on the second day of the Test.
The Test was hurriedly organised at the ARG, when the second Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground was abandoned last Friday after 10 balls because of an excessively sandy outfield.
The ARG, however, has been used mainly for football, following the opening of the VRCG two years ago for the World Cup staged in the Caribbean.
As a result, football markings are visible and part of the centre circle cut through the pitch leaving a ridge which some of the bowlers have targeted.
"When you are consistently hitting that area the ball is misbehaving quite a bit," Collingwood said.
Flintoff helped to unsettle Chris Gayle with a few deliveries which also pitched near the barely noticeable indentation and this led to the West Indies captain's dismissal at the hands of Steve Harmison.
Earlier in the day, Flintoff and before him Kevin Pietersen had been on the receiving end, when Jerome Taylor dismissed them with deliveries which pitched in the same area.
"The other parts of the pitch are behaving quite well and there's not a lot in it for full length balls," Collingwood said.
"The short balls are going through quickly, but the more you hit that halfway area there is inconsistent bounce.
"Hopefully, we can home in on that" on Tuesday.
Collingwood was also happy that he could build the foundation that was provided the previous day by captain Andrew Strauss and the other top-order batsmen.
"It was a day where it was important we backed up [Sunday]," he said. "It was important to start again and build on it and not look at the scoreboard. I thought we had another great day.
"What we spoke about after last week was to go out there and put your hand up and I think everyone did. . .Everyone was desperate to do well."

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