London, July 14 (ANI): England batsman Paul Collingwood has said that he was terribly upset and thought that the match was over when he lost his wicket against the Australians in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff.
Collingwood was the ninth batsman to be out, before Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar ensured a draw with a historic 69 ball partnership.
“I was gutted because I thought the game was up. But it shows what can be done when you put your mind to it,” The Sun quoted Collingwood, as saying.
“I thought Jimmy and Monty played sensationally well. They were calm, focused, played straight and played the ball late – everything you could possibly ask of them,” he added.
Collingwood also disapproved of Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s allegations that England used tactics to delay the match.
“We’ve received the spirit of cricket award from the ICC a couple of times recently, and we are happy with the way we play the game,” he said. (ANI)