Paul Collingwood named interim England coach for West Indies series

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Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has been appointed interim head coach for their Test tour of the West Indies next month. Here, we take a look at some of the highlights of his playing and coaching career. During the 2006 Ashes, Collingwood became just the third Englishman to score a double century in Australia in the second Test in Adelaide Although the hosts went on to win the match by six wickets, and went on to complete a 5-0 series whitewash, Collingwood scored 206 runs in 392 balls in the first innings, with Kevin Pietersen scoring 158 alongside him.

WI vs Eng T20I series 2021-22 - Paul Collingwood to stand in as England  chief coach during West Indies T20Is
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Collingwood led England to their first global championship success in 2010 as they were crowned World T20 champions in the Caribbean, beating Australia by seven wickets in the final. Set a target of 147, Craig Kieswetter’s 63 and 47 from Kevin Pietersen took England to the brink of victory, which Collingwood himself sealed with 18 balls remaining. Collingwood made 304 first-class appearances in 23 years at Durham, amassing 16,844 runs and taking 164 wickets. He took over as captain from Phil Mustard in 2012, after the end of his Test and one-day international career, and won the County Championship title in 2013.

The all-rounder also led Durham to victory in the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup, beating Warwickshire by three wickets in the final. Collingwood played all five Tests in England’s 3-1 Ashes win in 2010/11, their first series win in Australia in 24 years. Despite the team’s success, however, Collingwood struggled with the bat, making just 83 runs in six innings at an average of 13.83. He retired from Test cricket at the end of the series. Collingwood turned his attention to coaching even before retiring from all forms of cricket as a player in 2018 and was part of the Scotland coaching team at the 2015 World Cup.

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England’s Collingwood’s playing and coaching career highlights

He steps into the England interim head coach role having served as an assistant coach under the departed Chris Silverwood and taken charge of the team for their T20 tour of the Caribbean last month, which ended in a 3-2 series defeat. Paul Collingwood has been named interim head coach of England for the upcoming Test series in West Indies, it has been confirmed. The former allrounder steps in after Chris Silverwood was axed last week following the 4-0 Ashes series defeat in Australia. Collingwood, who took charge of England’s T20 tour of the Caribbean in January, will lead the side for the three-match series that begins next month.

Journeyman Paul Collingwood calls time on glittering career - Cricket365
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“I am genuinely excited to be leading the Test team for the tour of the Caribbean. I can’t wait to get started,” he said upon the announcement. “Having a challenging Test series against the West Indies straight off the back of the Ashes disappointment gives us a chance from now to reset and rebuild. “Playing Test matches for England is the highest accolade in the game. My objective is to give players clarity, direction, and encouragement for them to start building something special. “I have spoken to Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and both are excited and passionate to take the team forward in this new cycle.

“Although they know it won’t be easy, they have the desire and bravery to do things differently to ensure the team can prosper. “Playing Test matches for England is the highest accolade in the game. My objective is to give players clarity, direction, and encouragement for them to start building something special. “I have spoken to Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and both are excited and passionate to take the team forward in this new cycle. We have an opportunity to get back on track.” The touring party will be announced later this week and departs the UK on Thursday 24 February.