• Collingwood calls it quits

    Former England captain Paul Collingwood will retire from professional cricket before the end of the year.

    Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 ODIs and 36 T20Is between 2003 and 2017.

    His international career all but ended in 2011, before last year’s appearance for the ICC’s World XI against Pakistan provided a brief extension. He has managed a prolific career for Durham in the county competition throughout.

    ‘After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to announce my retirement from cricket at the end of the current season,’ said Collingwood.

    ‘I knew this day would eventually come, but it hasn’t made it any easier. Although it’s an emotional decision, I know that the time is right and I’m comfortable knowing that I have given every last ounce of energy to the sport.

    ‘I have achieved so much with both Durham and England, far more than I ever imagined and I feel extremely privileged to have had such a long and rewarding career.

    ‘It has been an honour to represent Durham County Cricket Club for the last 23 years and I would like to thank the staff, coaches, teammates and members for their tremendous support and for making my career so enjoyable.

    ‘I am excited about what the future holds for me and am looking forward to new challenges.’

    The right-handed Collingwood struck one Test century against South Africa, and another in ODI competition.

    The first came at Edgbaston in 2008, when a solid 135 was in vain, as a fighting fourth-innings ton from Proteas opener Graeme Smith sealed defeat for the hosts.

    The second was at Centurion, a year later, as the visitors triumphed on the back of Collingwood’s commanding 105 not out.

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