Back from the brink
From being "one innings away to the chop" to becoming England's most-capped ODI player, and later, only the third Englishman to captain a team of world champions, Paul Collingwood has come a long way. He relives the ups and downs with Peter Hayter of Mail Online.
‘I know I’m not the most talented cricketer in the world. There are more than enough people telling me. But I don’t need telling. I know I’ve got to keep improving my game and in the past I’ve always been right on that limit of “This could be my last game or my last tour”. When cricket is your love and what you do for a living, all that talk does hurt. I’m not kidding you. You might try to put on a face because you don’t want to bring the team down with you. But there are moments when, literally, you are in complete despair, in tears, thinking, “Where do I turn to? Where am I going to go from here?”.'
Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo