Paul Collingwood wants to lift England's spirits

Last Updated: 14/02/14 3:19pm

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New England coach Paul Collingwood believes he can help lift the morale of the national side as they look to put their horrendous tour of Australia behind them.

This week, Collingwood was appointed fielding coach for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies and World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

"I guess at the moment, the one area where I can help straight away is in trying to create a more relaxed and fun environment."
Paul Collingwood

Collingwood, who in January helped coach Scotland to the 2015 World Cup, takes over from Richard Halsall and will fulfil a short-term contract with England before before rejoining Durham, who he led to the County Championship title last year.

"I am looking forward to getting over there," Collingwood told Sky Sports.

"I guess at the moment, the one area where I can help straight away is in trying to create a more relaxed and fun environment.

"You play your best cricket when you're having a bit of fun. Obviously we are going to be doing a lot of hard work as well but if the lads can go out feeling as confident as possible it is a crucial factor."

England endured a torrid time during the recent tour of Australia, following up their 5-0 Test whitewashing in the Ashes series with a 4-1 ODI defeat and a 3-0 Twenty20 loss.

In the aftermath of the tour, Andy Flower stepped down as team director before the England and Wales Cricket Board brought the international career of batsman Kevin Pietersen to an end.

Collingwood's appointment marks the latest stage of the rebuilding of the national setup, which has seen limited-overs coach Ashley Giles temporarily take over from Flower and former bowler Angus Fraser becoming a Test selector.

Collingwood played in 197 ODIs for England, scoring 5092 runs and taking 111 wickets.

He appeared in three World Cups - 2003, 2007 and 2011 - and captained the national side when they won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

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