Paul Collingwood

Country: England
Born: May 26, 1976, Shotley Bridge, Co Durham
Height: 5ft 11in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Paul Collingwood Bio

Paul David Collingwood, born on May 26, 1976, in Shotley Bridge, County Durham, England, is a former professional cricket player and coach. Known for his determination, athleticism, and his ability to contribute to the team in various aspects, Collingwood carved a successful career in international and domestic cricket.

Collingwood’s journey in cricket began at a young age. He quickly gained recognition for his natural athleticism and happy-go-lucky temperament. Despite not being the most gifted cricketer, Collingwood’s hard work and commitment allowed him to rise through the ranks and make himself indispensable in all formats of the game.

His international career with England spanned from 2001 to 2011, and during this time, he achieved numerous milestones. Collingwood became the first England captain to deliver a global tournament victory when he led the team to win the 2010 World Twenty20. This was a testament to his nine years of uncomplaining professionalism and his ability to outshine more talented opponents.

Despite facing initial challenges, Collingwood’s performances improved over time, and he became renowned for his contributions as a batsman, bowler, and fielder. As a batsman, he had a unique stance, played the ball straight, and possessed a wide range of strokes. His bowling style leaned towards the dibbly-dobbly, but in the right conditions, he could be unstoppable.

However, it was as a fielder where Collingwood truly excelled. He was considered one of the finest fielders in the world, capable of breathtaking moments in the covers and backward point. His determination and work ethic made him go above and beyond, leading him to play grade cricket in Melbourne during the winter of 2000-01 to improve his skills.

Collingwood’s career highlights include being part of three Ashes-winning teams, winning the CB Series with England, leading Durham to the Championship title in 2013, and guiding Scotland to the World Cup finals as their coach. He also holds the record for being England’s leading ODI run-scorer and most capped player at the time of his retirement.

In 2011, Collingwood retired from Test cricket after an Ashes victory and retired from ODI cricket two months later. He had a brief stint as England’s fielding coach and gradually shifted towards a career in coaching. Despite a slump in form and being dropped from England’s teams, Collingwood continued his playing career with Durham, where he became the team’s captain in 2012.

Collingwood’s leadership skills and determination were evident as he led Durham to safety after they were at the bottom of the table. He also guided the team to the Championship title in 2013 and the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2014. His ability to squeeze maximum benefit from tough situations made him a true ambassador for county cricket.

Durham faced financial problems, resulting in penalties and relegation from Division One of the Championship. Despite the challenges, Collingwood remained a pillar of strength for the team, making important contributions until his retirement in 2018, at the age of 42.

Paul Collingwood’s career showcases the power of dedication, hard work, and determination. Despite lacking inherent talent, he proved that with pluck and good sense, one could achieve greatness in the world of cricket. As both a player and coach, Collingwood will forever be remembered for his significant contributions to English and Durham cricket.

Paul Collingwood Career Stats

Paul Collingwood Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 68 115 10 4259 206 40.56 9170 46.44 10 20 470 24 96 0
T20Is 36 33 2 583 79 18.8 459 127.01 0 3 37 24 15 0
ODIs 197 181 37 5092 120* 35.36 6614 76.98 5 26 365 74 108 0
FC 306 527 52 16938 206 35.65 - - 35 85 - - 352 0
List A 428 401 73 11240 132 34.26 - - 10 65 - - 207 0
T20s 148 131 16 2478 108* 21.54 2040 121.47 1 9 167 86 49 0

Paul Collingwood Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 68 59 1905 1018 17 3/23 3/35 59.88 3.2 112 0 0 0
T20Is 36 20 234 347 16 4/22 4/22 21.68 8.89 14.6 1 0 0
ODIs 197 151 5186 4294 111 6/31 6/31 38.68 4.96 46.7 3 1 0
FC 306 - 12706 6396 166 5/52 - 38.53 3.02 76.5 - 2 0
List A 428 - 11482 9228 273 6/31 6/31 33.8 4.82 42 5 1 0
T20s 148 108 1852 2245 99 5/6 5/6 22.67 7.27 18.7 4 2 0

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