Collingwood quits Test cricket

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Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011, 13:47 [IST]
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Collingwood quits Test cricket

English cricketer Paul Collingwood has called it a day in Test cricket but will continue to play ODIs and T20. The ongoing Sydney test will be his last.

Collingwood who made his test debut in 2003 against Sri Lanka has scored 4259 runs in test cricket and there is a possibility of him adding some more to it with another innings of the ongoing Ashes Test due.

Known in the cricketing fraternity as a brilliant fielder, effective bowler and a gritty batsman, he has failed his own expectations and managed to score only 83 runs in six innings of this Ashes series. His failures had prompted many former cricketers to ask him to be dropped from the England test squad.

Prior to the Sydney test, Collingwood himself announced that his performance in the Test could determine his future in the Test arena. He managed to score only 13 before falling to debutant Michael Beer.

Despite his failure with the bat he has still been a major contributor to England's success in the series with 9 catches in the outfield, the most from either side, and his catch to dismiss Ricky Ponting in the Perth test is ranked one of finest of all times.

His highest Test score of 206 came against Australia, at Adelaide, in 2006 and he became the first English cricket captain to win a World Cup when under his leadership England beat Australia to win World T20 in the West Indies in 2010.


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