Paul Collingwood added to England coaching staff on temporary basis

Last Updated: 12/02/14 8:15pm

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Paul Collingwood: Former England all-rounder joins coaching staff

Paul Collingwood: Former England all-rounder joins coaching staff

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Paul Collingwood has been added to the England coaching staff for the forthcoming tour to the West Indies and the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

The 37-year-old Durham all-rounder played 68 Test matches, 197 one-day internationals and 35 Twenty20 internationals and was captain when England won the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in 2010.

"We are looking forward to the enthusiastic approach Paul brings to all the teams that he has been involved with over the years."
Downton on Collingwood

Collingwood takes over from assistant coach Richard Halsall for the two tours on a short-term secondment from Durham, who he captained to win the County Championship title last year.

Paul Downton, Managing Director England cricket, said: "I am delighted that Paul has agreed to join the England coaching staff for the trips to the West Indies and Bangladesh.

"He was an outstanding performer for England and proved himself to be a successful captain in Twenty20 cricket and the county game.

Enthusiastic approach

"We are looking forward to the enthusiastic approach Paul brings to all the teams that he has been involved with over the years.

"More recently he has also demonstrated his growing coaching potential by helping mastermind Scotland's victory in the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand - a result which guaranteed Scotland a place in the ICC World Cup finals for the first time since 2007.''

Collingwood will join England on a short-term secondment from Durham, where he remains captain.

Ashley Giles, the England limited-overs coach, added: "Colly will add great energy and a winning T20 pedigree to the tour party. We are really looking forward to his involvement."

Collingwood later took to Twitter and made it clear he can hardly wait to be reunited with Giles.

"I'm as excited as a kid at Christmas," he tweeted, adding a reference to the unusual nickname Giles came by in his playing days.

"Looking forward to working with the 'King of Spain' and the lads."

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