Collingwood remains postive

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Paul Collingwood insisted England are still confident of victory in the final Test against South Africa despite a horror show in their first innings at The Wanderers today.

England went into the match knowing a draw would be enough to secure victory in the series but they were skittled for 180, with Dale Steyn taking five wickets and Morne Morkel three.



South Africa then reached 29 without loss in a rain-affected last session before bad light brought an end to play for the day.



Collingwood, who was England's top scorer with 47, told Sky Sports: "We're disappointed with a total like that but I think we've got enough armoury in our ranks that we can cause problems for them.



"Obviously we have to do better second time around."



He added: "We could have taken a couple of wickets at the end there and the bowlers were a touch unlucky.



"Test matches are long games and a lot can happen but, with an innings like that, we have to be right on the mettle in the morning."

Amid the disappointing showings from England's batsmen was another failure by Kevin Pietersen, who is still searching for his best form after injury.

Collingwood, though, has no worries about the South Africa-born star, saying "I'm sure he disappointed but he's been a rock in the dressing room. We've always said he's one innings away and that could be the second innings."



Collingwood's knock included two sixes and he defended his aggressive approach in the face of hostile bowling from Steyn and Morkel.



"It was difficult from both of them," he said. "They have different attributes and you had to be right on your mettle. Today we probably weren't good enough.



"On a pitch like that it comes onto the bat really nice so, no matter what the situation, I think you have to back yourself to score runs. We've said from the start, we didn't come here to play for a draw."



England changed their line-up for the first time in the series, with Ryan Sidebottom coming in to replace Collingwood's Durham team-mate Graham Onions.



"He's disappointed but the captain and coach said we needed fresh legs," added Collingwood. "Siddy's shown his accuracy and swing are going to be tough to play in these conditions."



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