Coach quick to sing praises of sensational Collingwood

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Duncan Fletcher yesterday hailed his history-making England side after their stunning display sent records tumbling during their crushing victory over Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.

England's 168-run triumph in their second match of the NatWest Triangular Series on Tuesday in front of a healthy Nottingham crowd maintained their momentum after the stunning opening win over Australia on Sunday.

It also set several landmarks, with Paul Collingwood becoming the first player in history to score a century and claim six wickets in a one-day international, while England's total of 391 for 4 was their highest-ever and the second-highest in history.

"We want to go out and make history, and to make history you have to break records and do amazing things - this is what this side is all about," Fletcher said.

"Against Bangladesh we played some very good cricket, the batting was exceptional on a good wicket and everyone put in good performances, although it was unfortunate Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff missed out."

Andrew Strauss, who has returned to open the batting for this series, hit a superb 152 - the third-highest score by an England player in a one-day international - and shared in a 210-run stand with Collingwood, whose return of 6 for 31 was also the best by an England player in a one-day international.

"I think Collingwood's six wickets setting a record was very important," Fletcher said. "Some people have classified him as a bits-and-pieces player, but all he needs is to develop the skill of bowling and add that to his batting. On a wicket like that against Bangladesh, which ended being slow, he needed a lot of variation and he fits that part very well. He's got a good future."

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