Paul Collingwood: I’m 100 per cent committed to Durham despite England call

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood looked forward to sunnier climes in his England coaching role as the second day of his Durham side’s match at home to Worcestershire was abandoned without a ball bowled.

He is to assist with the one-day side against Pakistan in the UAE in November and at the World Twenty20 Cup in India in March, but insisted it will not affect his availability for his county next season.

The Riverside skipper recently signed a new contract with the county, and says he still has ‘so much to give to Durham’.

However, he is looking forward to working with England’s limited-overs team and coach Trevor Bayliss, having seen the progress they made during the summer against both New Zealand and Australia.

“I love to be involved with England and that will never diminish,” said Collingwood, the only England captain to lift a one-day trophy having guided his country to the World Twenty20 Cup in 2010.

“But I still have 100 per cent commitment to Durham and Andrew Strauss is fully aware of that. I still have so much to give to Durham both on the field and in the dressing room.

“I can’t wait to get involved with a very exciting group of young players (at England). We have seen great signs for the future this summer.

“The players are a lot more skilful than I have ever been, but I hope to help create an environment in which they learn their own games and get the best out of themselves.”

England will be also assisted on their UAE tour by recently retired Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene, who has also been confirmed in a consulting role this winter.

Jayawardene will work with the Test batsmen until the end of the first Test against Pakistan.

Strauss, the ECB managing director, said: “We are delighted that Mahela and Paul will be joining the England management team, supporting our existing specialist coaches in this area.

“Both will bring a vast wealth of cricketing knowledge and expertise to the team, and in Mahela’s case, extensive experience of batting in the sub-continent which will be invaluable as part of our wider preparations for the UAE tour.”