Paul Collingwood targets two World Cup wins for Scotland

Scotland players Alasdair Evans and Richie Berrington (left)
Scotland will play six pool games at the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia

Former England one-day skipper Paul Collingwood is targeting two victories for Scotland at next year's World Cup.

The 38-year-old will assist head coach Grant Bradburn for the tournament in New Zealand and Australia.

The Scots meet the host nations, as well as England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Pool A.

"If we can get two wins, I think that would be a huge achievement," said Collingwood, who is also the current captain of Durham.

Collingwood is familiar with the Scotland squad, having steered them to victory in the World Cup qualifiers in February.

He shared a temporary coaching role with Craig Wright after Pete Steindl's departure.

Collingwood, England's most capped one-day player and World Twenty20-winning captain, then worked under Ashley Giles for England at the World T20 in March.

Scotland's World Cup fixtures
17 FebNew Zealand, Dunedin
23 FebEngland, Christchurch
26 FebAfghanistan, Dunedin
5 MarchBangladesh, Nelson
11 MarchSri Lanka, Hobart
14 MarchAustralia, Hobart

Looking ahead to the match against England in Christchurch on 23 February, he said: "It will be strange, of course. I am England through and through. But it is amazing the togetherness you get when you're involved in a World Cup campaign.

"Having that connection with the Scotland team from the qualifying period, I'll go into that game wanting Scotland to win.

"I'm working for Scotland and it would be a huge scalp."

Bradburn took up his position in April and has overseen one-day series against the Netherlands, New Zealand A and Ireland before last month's tour of Australia and New Zealand.

"He seems very ambitious in terms of where he wants the team to go and I'm really looking forward to working with him," said Collingwood of the head coach.

"I know he's a good golfer because I've played golf with him! It was a nice way to relax and get to know him.

"Hopefully, I can just sit behind as his assistant and try to help the guys mentally more than anything else when it comes to the big pressure situations.

"The team held their own against some strong opposition in Australia and New Zealand.

"The belief should be there by the time the World Cup comes around and certainly the skill level should be as high as it possibly can."

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