England news February 12, 2014

Collingwood gets England World Cup coaching role


Paul Collingwood's reputation as one of the coming men in England's coaching ranks has grown with the announcement that he will join England's coaching staff for the forthcoming tour to the Caribbean and the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Collingwood's energy and ability to draw the maximum potential from players has been suggested twice in recent months. Firstly, he led Durham to the Championship as captain during a traumatic time in which their director of cricket Geoff Cook was recovering from a heart attack. Then he made a success of a short-term coaching assignment with Scotland by guiding them to the World Cup finals.

If Collingwood might not be so much of a coming man that he is regarded quite yet as an irresistible contender for the role of England team director, vacated by Andy Flower at the end of the Ashes series, his appointment identifies him as a potential England coach of the future.

Collingwood will effectively replace Richard Halsall as the assistant coach with a specific responsibility for fielding. The decision follows England's shoddy fielding performances in Australia which failed to retain the early excellence shown during Halsall's tenure.

This is also is likely to be a highly popular appointment as England seek to regain equilibrium after a disastrous Ashes tour and the controversial hatchet job on Kevin Pietersen. Collingwood is increasingly seen as an excellent dressing room man manager, optimistic, able to work with all types and a shrewd judge of character, which are precisely the sort of qualities England need after their implosion in Australia.

Collingwood will join England on a short-term secondment from Durham, where he remains captain and where he is fully expected to fulfil his playing role this season. His decision to continue his first-class career after retiring from international cricket, which was by no means a given, was an immediate boost for the county game. Increasingly, it is beginning to look like a great career move. It has provided him with a chance to underline his leadership skills.

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."

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. 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.''

The ECB has managed to arrest a fortnight in which it has been widely pilloried by making two popular appointments in a single day. In both Collingwood and Angus Fraser, who has been named as a selector, they have identified roles for two of the most popular and grounded figures in the English game.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on February 13, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    @200ondebut - I wonder if Collingwood may have been able to deal with him better? My hunch is that KP would have had more respect for him as a player and captain. PC was captain of our WC winning side. My guess is that KP's main fallout was with Cook.

    So Why not have Cook stepping down from the ODI side and KP the test side?

    That way Cook's workload is less and are we losing a great ODI player/captain?

    Then we put Morgan as captain of both our shorter formats and we have significantly less players playing ODIs/SFs anyway and he has less time to spend in their company so there is less time for frictions to surface. KP could then do the freelance thing and play for England as and when both parties agree and both parties can gradually wind down their working relationship. Obviously none of us know what has happened behind closed doors but Swann and Broad (who were both rumoured to be behind the original fallout) have both backed KP recently

  • Nicholas on February 13, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Good news. Often wished he was brought back as a player, never mind coach.

  • Paulo on February 13, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    @200ondebut hopefully as a northerner he can add fight and a joke or 2.

  • Robert on February 13, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    "But they've finally got rid of the bloke with the attitude problem" - easier and more cowardly than trying to manage it! KPs attitude was that he wanted to win - and wanted it badly enough to speak up. Why is that considered a problem? It is only a problem if you are not prepared to listen - or cant explain why your way is better! Typical upper class pompous approach.

    Colly is a good choice - a down to earth player who always managed to perform above his abilities. As a Northerner he also wont be shy of an opinion or two. I hope the cosseted soft southern public school boy doesn't take offence.

  • Andy on February 13, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    >Can he change the attitude of the English players like Lehmann did with the Aussies?<

    But they've finally got rid of the bloke with the attitude problem. This is another step in the right direction. Wouldn't mind seeing Colly as a short-term captain of the Test team. Cook is a great batman, not a great captain, and his captaincy affects his batting as well.

  • John on February 13, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @BailsRgo on (February 13, 2014, 6:57 GMT) So please tell us all what you would have done and who you would have appointed rather than just spout the "rubbish appointnet" line. Besides the Collingwood appointment is purely for the shorter formats. What - in your opinion - is bad about appointing Collingwood?

  • Charles on February 13, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Agree 100% with the comments that the only bit of good news for England this Winter has been Fraser and Collingwood appointments .

  • Ron on February 13, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Rubbish appointment by the ECB

    It seems to me that the ECB are in a headlong rush to develop a new set up - even without a headcoach - whilst completely ignoring any analysis as to what went wrong in Australia and what has happened to the England cricket team over the last two years. How can you solve a problem without knowing what it is> KP is not the answer!

  • Peter on February 13, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Can he change the attitude of the English players like Lehmann did with the Aussies?

  • Sachit on February 13, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Great move. Only ICC trophy England won so far was under his leadership. He would definitely add great value to ailing England side.

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