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01-07-2011, 08:15 AM #1
Collingwood announces retirement from Test cricketPaul Collingwood has announced his retirement from the longer format of the game. However, he will continue to play the T20Is and ODIs for England. The on-going Sydney Test will be his last assignment.
The 34-year old Collingwood’s retirement was always on the cards after his series of failures to contribute with the bat in this series. He has scored 83 runs in 6 innings with a highest score of 42. Off late, he has lackluster in Tests scoring just 202 runs in his last 10 Tests.
Collingwood made his Test debut in 2003 against Sri Lanka at Galle. As a handy middle order batsman, he has scored 4259 runs in 68 Tests with a highest score of 206. In all, he scored 10 centuries and 20 fifties throughout his career, four of those hundreds coming against the West Indies.
He also picked up 17 wickets in the Tests, supporting the regular bowlers with some crucial breakthroughs. More than his batting and bowling, Collingwood will be best remembered for his fielding exploits. He has 94 catches at this until now, with a possibility of adding few more by the end of the Sydney Test.
It was wise on Collingwood’s part to announce the retirement, before he was shown the door by the selectors and a Ashes series win is the perfect farewell for him...being a human...