May 3, 1996
Impressive allround first-class debut
Collingwood, aged just 19, yorks David Capel with his first ball in first-class cricket. He cracks his maiden first-class fifty
the next day, eventually falling just nine runs short of a century on debut.
June 7, 2001
An inauspicious first appearance in England colours
Collingwood's England debut came against Pakistan in the first match
of the NatWest Series at Edgbaston. It was a forgettable start, as his two overs disappeared for 19, and he was trapped lbw by Abdul Razzaq for just two, as England slid to a 108-run defeat.
February 20, 2002
Swings England to victory against New Zealand
Collingwood's bowling has always been secondary to his batting, but after some hard work developing his bowling action he produced a matchwinning display
of swing bowling to demolish New Zealand in the third one-day game at Napier.
December 20, 2002
Maiden ODI hundred
In Australia in 2002-03 he started the VB Series as 12th man, but soon confirmed his place in the 2003 World Cup squad with a memorable maiden century
in the fourth match against Sri Lanka at Perth.
December 2, 2003
Brigadier Block is born
Makes his Test debut, in the first Test
of the series against Sri Lanka at Galle. In a foreshadowing of some typically obdurate rearguard innings to come, he grinds his way to 36 off 153 balls in the second innings, as England cling on for a draw.
June 21, 2005
Singlehandedly conquers Bangladesh with allround brilliance
In the fourth match
of the NatWest series, his unbeaten 112 backs up Andrew Strauss's 152 to launch England to unassailable 391 for 4, and he then cuts through Bangladesh's middle order to finish with 6 for 31.
September 12, 2005
Plays his part in cracking the Aussie aura
His third Test in almost two years was the single biggest match of his generation - the decisive fifth Test
against Australia at The Oval, where his responsible batting helped secure the draw that England needed for a first Ashes triumph in 18 years.
March 2, 2006
Comes of age as a Test batsman
A maiden Test century comes in his sixth Test, carrying his bat for an unbeaten 134 against an Indian attack containing Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh at Nagpur
. Importantly, the hundred came at a time when England were in the middle of an injury crisis. If Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick had been available he wouldn't have played: instead he kicked on to become the rock of England's batting on the subsequent Ashes tour.
December 2, 2006
The best of times, the worst of times
This brilliant double-century in the second Test
of the Ashes series at Adelaide ought to have been the defining moment of his career. Instead it was the preamble to one of the most devastating defeats in English Test history. "It really took the guts out of us as a team - and certainly as an individual, it took the guts out of me," he later admitted.
One-day hundreds and CB glory
ODI hundreds set up victories against New Zealand and Australia at the Gabba and Melbourne, while his 70 in the second final
at Sydney seals England's first overseas one-day trophy for nine years.
June 22, 2007
Appointed England's one-day captain
Collingwood is unveiled as England's new one-day captain, at the head of a new-look squad. After a promising start with series victories against India at home and Sri Lanka away, struggles to make his presence felt and his form begins to suffer. He would only last a year in the role.
June 26, 2008
Controversy at the Oval
The fourth one-dayer
against New Zealand at the Oval will probably be remembered for controversial, rather than cricketing, reasons. With 26 needed from 39 balls, Kyle Mills called Grant Elliott for a sharp single. As Elliott bolted out of the blocks he collided with Ryan Sidebottom, and fell to the ground. Ian Bell threw the ball to Kevin Pietersen, who broke the stumps, but England did not withdraw their appeal despite the umpire, Mark Benson, offering Collingwood the chance to think again. 'In hindsight I wish I had called him back,' he confessed after the game. Further setbacks followed as Collingwood picked up a four-game suspension for a slow over-rate.
August 3, 2008
Resigns from one-day captaincy
Collingwood's time as England one-day captain came to an end on the same day as Michael Vaughan's Test reign. He said he'd stepped down after feeling the captaincy was affecting his performances.
July 12, 2009
The 'tenacious little redhead' does it again
Spurred on by memories of that Adelaide drubbing, Collingwood's determined, limpet-like second innings 74 in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff
lasted 245 balls, and more importantly, 344 minutes. Famously, England's last wicket pair of Monty Panesar and James Anderson then clung on for 69 balls for an unlikely draw that held Australia at bay and helped change the course of the series.
December 20, 2009
Five months later he was at it again, defying a rampant Friedel de Wet and a South African attack bowling with their tails up after England's dramatic collapse on the final afternoon of the first Test at Centurion
for more than two-and-a-half hours .
January 7, 2010
And yet again, two Tests later Collingwood saved England's bacon with an awe-inspiring demonstration of obstinacy at the crease in the third Test at Cape Town
. As the ball-tampering row raged on, his 40 stretched over four-and-a-half hours and showcased "the lowest backlift in the world" to put the focus back on the cricket and set up a breathtaking finale to the Test.
May 16, 2010
As England captain, Collingwood hits the winning runs against Australia in Barbados
, as England finally secure a global ICC trophy following a brilliant campaign in the World Twenty20.