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Collingwood takes Durham reins

Division One strugglers make leadership switch

Paul Collingwood: replacing Phil Mustard as Durham skipper in the County Championship

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Former England batsman Paul Collingwood is to replace Phil Mustard as Durham's County Championship captain for the rest of this summer.

Collingwood, who retired from Test cricket after England's 2010/11 Ashes victory in Australia, has not played for his country since last year's World Cup.

But he remains a central figure for his native county, four-day champions in 2008 and 2009 but currently bottom of the Division One table at the halfway point of the season.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to use my experience to help us progress in the County Championship and get us back to winning ways."

Paul Collingwood

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Collingwood will take charge for the first time, in place of ex-England limited-overs wicketkeeper Mustard, away to Worcestershire next week.

Excited

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to use my experience to help us progress in the County Championship and get us back to winning ways," he said.

Durham head coach Geoff Cook added: "We're delighted that Paul has agreed to take on the captaincy and lead the side in the four-day competition.

"Paul's international experience is an excellent asset to the team, at a time when we need to be delivering our best results.

"We are grateful for Phil Mustard's efforts as captain, and he remains an integral part of the team as a key contributor behind the stumps and with the bat."