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Collingwood serious about England recall

Firdose Moonda

February 13, 2012

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Paul Collingwood sweeps during his 32, Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, BBL 2011-12 final, Perth, January 28, 2012
Which colours this month? After his time with Perth Scorchers, Paul Collingwood is now in South Africa © Getty Images
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Paul Collingwood has insisted he isn't jetting around the world playing Twenty20 cricket just to inflate his bank account but has serious ambitions to regain the England place he lost after last year's World Cup.

On Monday he was unveiled as captain of a new franchise in South Africa's Twenty20 competition, named Impi, where he will ply his trade before linking up with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL having recently completed his stint with Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. Then there is his county career with Durham which will resume in mid-May following the spell in India.

Collingwood remains the only England captain to win a global one-day trophy with the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean. In September, England defend their title in Sri Lanka and, although chances of a recall are remote, Collingwood hasn't given up hope of being there.

"I am very ambitious and motivated to try and get back in. I know I will have to have six amazing months if I want to do that though," Collingwood told ESPNcricinfo. "England know what I can do when I am in form and I know when I am out of form, I look pretty horrible."

Collingwood actually had a lean BBL, scoring 113 runs in seven innings and bowling three overs in nine matches, but believes his experience could play a part in turning around England's one-day fortunes. They have struggled away from home, losing all five matches in their ODI series in India last October and going down 6-1 to Australia in January either side of the quarter-final exit at the World Cup.

With a not-so-subtle hint towards England's recent problems in India and UAE, Collingwood said he was "a decent player of spin" and admitted it wasn't easy to see his former team-mates struggle.

"They are still hunting for the right formula and it is a bit frustrating watching from the sidelines," Collingwood said. "But it's nice for players to have some security like I did when I was playing."

For now, though, he is concentrating on furthering his 20-over career in as many ways possible. "I see the IPL as a great learning curve because you get to play with against players from around the world, some of them who you have never even spoken to before," he said. "You can take a lot of confidence from playing in a tournament like the IPL. I see it as a six-week crash course in 20-over cricket."

Although England did not get a single player sold in the recent IPL auction, Collingwood said he thought that was only as a result of schedule clashes and did not reflect the pedigree of English talent.

Twenty-over leagues have mushroomed around the world with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh also launching marquee competitions but Collingwood does not think the franchise concept will work in England. "Cricket has a lot of tradition in England and the counties have been around for a long time. It's very difficult to change traditions like that."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Brad Hogg did it and Im sure Paul Collingwood can too - he just needs the figures to back him up leading up to the selection time.

Posted by alonetiger on (February 14, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

paul has still lots for england.he is the best one after the great jonty rhodes.he is a fighter and he will surely come back.just he needs to play more fast and attacking now coz this is what the latest day game now.if we see the current english lineup ,i think he is alot better than bopara and few other english school boy crickters.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

A bit surprised by the comments here. If Paul is trying and trying hard, what is the harm in that? He might not be the greatest talent, but he has oodles of grit instead of flair (ala KP). How about we laud him for atleast trying to come back, instead of just giving up?

Posted by v_singh on (February 14, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

People have been too harsh on Colly.. Atleast he has summed up what he can offer to a team : IF in form, a decent batsman who can bowl too - and his fielding is top class.. The only point is - Colly needs to get some runs while playing for the SA franchise and then in IPL !! If he makes it to the final 11 of the Raj Royal team (IPL), and performs well, then it MAY catch the eye of the English selectors [I say IPL because it probably has max. matches that a team has to play during leauge stages and one needs to perform over a longer period of time to be remembered :) ].. But, there are many young upcoming players in England, who would be preferred over him.. But with Brad Hogg returing to Int. Cricket @ 40 !! Colly might fancy his chances too ONLY if he performs on the field first.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 14, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

I very much doubt that Collingwood will get back in the England side because he would be a bandaid solution at best. That said, he should not be criticised for trying. At worst it will motivate him to do well in these domestic leagues. I'd much rather someone like him in my team, who was doing it to impress national selectors, than someone who was just there for the money.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (February 14, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

Can't tell if Collingwood is joking or not... His batting form has been horrid even in the domestic T20 challenges.

Posted by Aspraso on (February 14, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

What? Collingwood is serious about playing for England again? Yes he is playing in global T20s (but he does not play in IPL which is the big daddy of them all) but he has not put out any game-changing, headline-grabbing performances yet. Keep it simple Colly - it is all in the bank.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

I think there are two many players around to be honest. The likes of Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow are going to be regulars soon and I don't think England will go back to a guy in his mid thirties. Good on him for trying, he's a great example to young players everywhere.

Posted by Hodra99 on (February 13, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

Keep dreaming Paul! No chance.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

Can't see Colly coming back in any format. I feel that England would not pick a new player or recall a player of Colly's age. If they did I'd say Darren Stevens of Kent is a better bet as an all rounder in the OD or T20 format

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