Collingwood predicts Ind, SA, Aus, Eng to reach WC semis

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Dubai, Jan 13 (PTI) With little more than a month to gofor the ICC Cricket World Cup, England middle-order batsmanPaul Collingwood has predicted that India, South Africa,Australia and his native country will make it to thesemi-finals of the mega-event starting February 19 in Dhaka.

"On current form I''d hope to put England into asemi-final, it would be hard to not put India in there withthe strength in their batting and in home conditions � they''llbe tricky to play against," Collingwood said in an exclusivelychat with ICC Cricket World audio show.

"I always think Australia can''t be ruled out sincethey''ve had a good history in this tournament and finally I''dpick South Africa as the fourth semi-finalist. But you neverknow I may be well off the mark!" he added.

The 34-year-old batsman, who announced his retirementfrom Test cricket last week, also said that after theirtriumphant Ashes campaign, England would seek to carry on thewinning momentum in the upcoming ODI series against Australiaas well as the World Cup.

"It''s a huge motivation to do well against Australia inall formats of the game. We want to keep the momentum goingfrom the Test series and we want to carry that into the ICCCricket World Cup. We want to finish the ODI series inAustralia filled with confidence and ready to take on anyoneat the World Cup," Collingwood said.

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