England news January 5, 2011

Collingwood retires from Test cricket

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Paul Collingwood has announced he will retire from Test cricket following the current Sydney encounter against Australia. He will continue to play both Twenty20 and one-day internationals for his country.

Collingwood, 34, made his Test debut in 2003 against Sri Lanka at Galle and has gone on to earn 68 caps. With the potential of one innings remaining in Sydney he has 4259 runs but has struggled during the Ashes with just 83 runs in six innings.

"Representing England at Test level has always been a dream of mine and I've been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some amazing highs throughout my Test career," Collingwood said. "I'm proud of the fact that I've always given my all for the England Test team but I feel that this is the right time to leave Test cricket having reached some very special achievements, none more satisfying that retaining the Ashes in Australia.

"I also feel now is the time to ensure some of the younger players are given an opportunity at Test level as we have a wealth of talent pushing for places in the England Test team," he added. "Clearly I still feel I have a huge amount to offer England in terms of limited overs cricket and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to continue leading the Twenty20 squad and playing a significant role in England's ODI team."

His highest Test score of 206 came against Australia, at Adelaide, in 2006 and he confounded many by having a long and successful career. After his debut in Sri Lanka he played the final match of the 2005 Ashes, at The Oval, before earning a permanent place in the line-up during the following winter tours of Pakistan and India.

Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, said: "Paul Collingwood has made an outstanding contribution to the England Test team. His performances have been admired and recognised by his team-mates and England supporters over many years and his tireless commitment in the Test match arena will be something he will always be remembered for.

"I'm delighted that Paul will be available to continue to make important contributions to our ODI and Twenty20 teams."

Last weekend Collingwood admitted to the Mail on Sunday that the end of his Test days were drawing close. "My form during this series and most recently my latest failure in the fourth Test in Melbourne means the subject of my Test future was bound to be raised sooner or later," he said.

"I am at the crossroads and what happens in the final Test may well determine what direction I go in. I am sure by the end of this Test, I will know more myself and be better able to judge what the general feeling is in terms of where I am as a Test player and the contribution I can still make to the England team in future and what is the best way forward."

Collingwood struggled to 13 in England's first innings before lofting Michael Beer to mid-on, but even though the runs haven't come he has played a role in the team's Ashes success with his impressive catching at slip and useful medium pace. In Australia's first innings he bowled Mike Hussey with what could prove his final ball in Test cricket.

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  • POSTED BY boombasticl101 on | January 7, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Let's be honest, Colly is no legend, but he has played some heroic knocks in his time, as mentioned above. I would also have to say that if you want to be an international player, that is a prerequisite to stay in the team, If not, then you are just filling a spot and you are either in a very good or very bad side. His fielding on the other hand was/is far above average, and that is what was/is exceptional. He has been a brilliant servant for English test cricket, and I think that is what he will be remembered for. Good luck for the future, and I hope he continues to enjoy his international career.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    A Great Cricketer. Absolute Salute to You, Colly...:)

  • POSTED BY appreciator on | January 7, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I agree with AndyZaltzmanshair. Colly is an all-rounder whose innate talents always have been limited. This is why we love him; and this what makes him such a great example to younger players: the man is walking proof that you can help your side by dint of hard work and an attitude that puts team success ahead of personal achievement.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Flintoff was too severe on Colly and this could have been avoided . Colly probably was too hurt from a very vocal demand for his sacking that he decided to hang his boots. Hats off to Colly for the dignified way he decided to retire @34

    He reiterates the dignity aspect followed by michael vaughan , graham Thorpe in quitting themselves before they are asked to go

    Miss you

  • POSTED BY murdo on | January 6, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Thank you, Paul Collingwood for your contribution to the salvation of English cricket. Fighter, nudger,survivor,safe and solid.You definately are more the sum of your parts, I did'nt care whether you got less then ten, you were the FABRIC, BACKBONE & RELIABILITY of the test-team. English cricket was crying out for character and mental toughness.Paul Collingwood stepped up to the mark. Take care from Yorkshire admirers.

  • POSTED BY truth1 on | January 6, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    He has been a useful member of the team, probably one of the best fielders but most likely would be remembered for winning first WC(T20) for English team. I think he made a right decision.Morgan is mature enough to take his place. Good luck to Paul.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | January 6, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    I find something disturbing at the way players retire these days. What is wrong with being dropped? After all it is England,not the local joke team. It's a bit like lining up at Beachy Head five years before the doctor tells you you have only the rest of your life to live. I find it mentally flaccid. His retirement is not quite as disturbing as some of the spoilt brat reactions to being dropped, but it is unnecessary,above all because he removes a perfectly good player from the frame, who merely needed to go away and rediscover his batting. Now he has said that he is no longer available. it may have been the selectors'wishes to have picked him again further down the line. Schade, Guts and tenacity like his do not come along every day. He may not have set the stands on fire but he knew how to save a game and a series. Thanks Colly. You put real backbone into the batting.

  • POSTED BY topeleven on | January 6, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Colly is a fighter. I like his grit and attitude. I hope he does well in ODI and T20. Will miss u colly............

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Paul Colly, we will miss ur Stunning, Brilliant, Breath-taking catches...

  • POSTED BY gujratwalla on | January 6, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Well here goes the level-headed man!A great fighter and definitely a man for the crisis.Ricky Ponting take note!Paul is a realist and knows his time is over and what a way to go!Thrashing the Aussies to dust!All the best to you Paul!

  • POSTED BY boombasticl101 on | January 7, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Let's be honest, Colly is no legend, but he has played some heroic knocks in his time, as mentioned above. I would also have to say that if you want to be an international player, that is a prerequisite to stay in the team, If not, then you are just filling a spot and you are either in a very good or very bad side. His fielding on the other hand was/is far above average, and that is what was/is exceptional. He has been a brilliant servant for English test cricket, and I think that is what he will be remembered for. Good luck for the future, and I hope he continues to enjoy his international career.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    A Great Cricketer. Absolute Salute to You, Colly...:)

  • POSTED BY appreciator on | January 7, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I agree with AndyZaltzmanshair. Colly is an all-rounder whose innate talents always have been limited. This is why we love him; and this what makes him such a great example to younger players: the man is walking proof that you can help your side by dint of hard work and an attitude that puts team success ahead of personal achievement.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Flintoff was too severe on Colly and this could have been avoided . Colly probably was too hurt from a very vocal demand for his sacking that he decided to hang his boots. Hats off to Colly for the dignified way he decided to retire @34

    He reiterates the dignity aspect followed by michael vaughan , graham Thorpe in quitting themselves before they are asked to go

    Miss you

  • POSTED BY murdo on | January 6, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Thank you, Paul Collingwood for your contribution to the salvation of English cricket. Fighter, nudger,survivor,safe and solid.You definately are more the sum of your parts, I did'nt care whether you got less then ten, you were the FABRIC, BACKBONE & RELIABILITY of the test-team. English cricket was crying out for character and mental toughness.Paul Collingwood stepped up to the mark. Take care from Yorkshire admirers.

  • POSTED BY truth1 on | January 6, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    He has been a useful member of the team, probably one of the best fielders but most likely would be remembered for winning first WC(T20) for English team. I think he made a right decision.Morgan is mature enough to take his place. Good luck to Paul.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | January 6, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    I find something disturbing at the way players retire these days. What is wrong with being dropped? After all it is England,not the local joke team. It's a bit like lining up at Beachy Head five years before the doctor tells you you have only the rest of your life to live. I find it mentally flaccid. His retirement is not quite as disturbing as some of the spoilt brat reactions to being dropped, but it is unnecessary,above all because he removes a perfectly good player from the frame, who merely needed to go away and rediscover his batting. Now he has said that he is no longer available. it may have been the selectors'wishes to have picked him again further down the line. Schade, Guts and tenacity like his do not come along every day. He may not have set the stands on fire but he knew how to save a game and a series. Thanks Colly. You put real backbone into the batting.

  • POSTED BY topeleven on | January 6, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Colly is a fighter. I like his grit and attitude. I hope he does well in ODI and T20. Will miss u colly............

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Paul Colly, we will miss ur Stunning, Brilliant, Breath-taking catches...

  • POSTED BY gujratwalla on | January 6, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Well here goes the level-headed man!A great fighter and definitely a man for the crisis.Ricky Ponting take note!Paul is a realist and knows his time is over and what a way to go!Thrashing the Aussies to dust!All the best to you Paul!

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | January 6, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Look at the hyperbole on show. @Arvind: "Colly is one of the most comprehensive all-rounders of our time.".... No.Just No. Some of the statements here are ridiculous. Yes the man has retired, but he's not dead, you don't need to eulogise about him ad nauseum. He was a good cricketer, a gritty player who made the most of his limited natural ability. But I also feel this is a good time for him to go. England are a team on the up and they've got good youngsters waiting in line.

  • POSTED BY arvind_26 on | January 6, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Colly is one of the most comprehensive all-rounders of our time. His retirement in Test Cricket is a great loss to England and to all of us who love to watch some good fielding.

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | January 6, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Colly was the backbone of the team of the post-Ashes-2005-euphoria to the Ashes-winning side of this winter. In between this transition period when Vaughan, Trescothick, Flintoff, Harmison, Hoggard retired, he was the backbone of the team and the go-to man when the chips were down. I hope his contributions are remembered in the future.

  • POSTED BY ken.fer123 on | January 6, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Mr. Collingwood... Nice Gentlemen with correct, top class attitudes. Players like Sanath Jayasuriya who is greedy for money (Sanath : Playing not for the country but for the money) must take these examples from world Cricket.... Well Done Mr.Collingwood... You have done your best for your country and Cricket fans all over the world are proud of you. Good luck for the T20 & ODI Cricket. God Bless you

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    It is laudable of Paul Collingwood to retire when he knows it is time, and what's more to go out on his own terms. He has always impressed me as a 'gentleman cricketer' who has never dispalyed the anger and vitirol that some other cricketers demonstrate.

    I wish some of the Australian cricketers take a lesson from Paul, both in knowing when to call it quits and also how to behave as cricketing gentlemen should.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    current players all over the world (in all team sports) should make a note of this example set by Paul, he has moved aside to get younger players in for the betterment of his team, this is part and parcel of being a great team player where you become so selfless that you put your own glory aside. Congratulations to Paul Collingwood for having achieved something that great players like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ganguly couldn't do.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | January 6, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    i wish all the best for polly, will really miss the sight of him in the slips. but hope to see more of his ODIs. boss, i think you took this decision in a hurry, you have to come back due to excessive public demand.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Thanks for nothing but 100% commitment to the cause over all these years Colly! Our lasting memories will always be those stunning catches (Hayden and more recently Ponting) and you leading us to our first WC victory - lets hope you can do it again.

    When I first saw you bat on the TV for Durham in a Sunday League game I thought you would play for England - thanks for proving me right!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    he mentioning the fact that there is a wealth of talent in the english bench pushing for a test slot.... those are words from a true gentleman!!!!!! he knows the importance of a team more than his individuality!!!! he must be felicitated for this.... he has not taken his place for granted though the selectors have still not lost faith in his test playing ability!!!!!!! hats off colly.... an indication to the old lot like the dravid's, sehwag's , harbhajan's and some youngsters like raina's that they shouldnt take their places for granted and live and let live by gracefully walking away from wats not yours anymore rather than cling to it and be humiliated left, right and centre!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Hassie on | January 6, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    A hard worker indeed! Thanks for all your services...thanks colly..

  • POSTED BY GAJARAM on | January 6, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    One of the best fighters who can bring the team back into the game at any time also an amazing fielder whose catches will occupy all the places in the best 10. STREET SMART CRICKTER..I am a big fan of PC and still happy that he will be available for ODI and T20...looking forward for his best performances in both the formats....ENGLAND must be greatful to him for acheiving their first ICC trophy(T20 world cup).......CHEERS PAUL!!!!!! and ALL THE BEST .......

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | January 6, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Very sad moment for cricket followers but he can be very proud of his contribution & achievement. Unlucky time for his recent runs drought. My favourite player of recent years, as most of the best moments of recent English Test cricket have involved Colly - indeed, many have been provided single-handedly by him. Flower's/Strauss's efforts to turn England around these last two years have been hugely assisted by Colly, whose professional example to others and never-say-die spirit has proved vital, time and again. He's been the backbone & guts of the team for several years. You can see why Flower/Strauss value him so highly. What an example to youngsters making their way in the game! And a reminder that coaching & orthodox technique are not everything. Probably impressed no-one with his technique as he came up through the various levels in Durham, yet proved that the weight of runs is what matters. Consistently world's best fielder since Jonty retired & fantastic to watch.

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | January 6, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Great player !!

    Good luck !!

  • POSTED BY Metman on | January 6, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    For a man with a poor technique,he has done well.Certain foreign born players who have represented England mostly in the one day format might be glad to see the back of him though for more reasons than one.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    One of the best fielders I have ever seen. He has been the street fighter who has helped England win many fights. Hail you COLLY and your spirit !!! Wish u luck for ODI and T20s

  • POSTED BY Stouffer on | January 6, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Good that he decided to bow out gracefully rather than get dropped. Never one of the great players in the middle order but did a job. Unfortunately often seemed to have his place in the side questioned, usually before going on to score a century. Great fielder, occasional bowler who perhaps could have had his tweekers used more often in recent years, but mostly just someone committed 100% to the cause. Now to go on and win the World Cup...

  • POSTED BY cricket_ftw on | January 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Lets hope Dravid learns from colly...

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Collingwood 's great memories in tests will remain in cricket lovers heart for ever....... very modest & sporty character like him are very few in world cricket today !!!!!!!! Best of Luck for T20 & ODI career.........

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Paul Please reconsider your decision...you are much needed player for england...england need you for at least two years...all know you done any thing you can for english cricket...What so ever enjoy the much waited much anticipated ASHES celebration on Tomorrow...Its much deserved team to clinch the ashes in aussie soil...Solute to Andy Andrew & co...

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | January 6, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    A tremendous utility player. But his continued presence will be invaluable in the shorter formats. Glad that he's continuing there.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I will miss his marvellous slip catching ! We will miss you in test Colly ! Congrats on a great career !

  • POSTED BY drsachin on | January 6, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Paul is a great all-rounder player gifted to Engalnd team. This is a great decision by him to retire from test cricket. My wishesh are with him for one day and 20-20.

  • POSTED BY sirish.aditya on | January 6, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    The second comment, posted by g-man86, is really true. A very under appreciated cricketer who deserves more space in public memory. Bradmans, Tendulkars and Laras are great but Circket is a team sport and at the end of the day, it is that every man in the team counts. People like Collingwood who do it for the love of the game and the country. God Bless You Colly.

  • POSTED BY JA3RATHOD on | January 6, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Great Decision By Collingwood, I Salute This Man, Good Test Player, But Its Rule Every One Player has To go

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    A best fielder of all times

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Well done Colliii . That better when you say it yourself rather than the selectors. You have played your part and have done rather well. Some of the Indian players need to take a lesson from this. Ball is hitting them everywhere except the bat and they are refusing to give it up, even the greatest of them. (Greedy People). There are youngsters waiting for their chance, many career have been spoiled e.g. Yuvi ,better than most of the players in current team India. Same thing is going to happen to Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli ,Murali Vijay if this goes on. Anyway you have played your part and seen Englishmen develop in to a hard to beat opposition. Best of luck for the rest of the life .

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Saddyy....:( Anyway he would be happy to finish off his career with a JUMBO ASHES VICTORY !!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    i'm jst shocked after hearing dis he is nt dat old 4 retirement bt best of luck paul 4 n morgan 4 their respective careers

  • POSTED BY parthideepan on | January 6, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    you the greatest and alwaz a thunderstorm in england team for these many years hats-off !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Shocking but, shows how decent this retirement is! It is better to quit on own than being told to quit. Collingwood is truly a hero. I don't understand why other countries can't take a leap out of this. This is how it should be. Not to play as long as you can but, play when it matters & quit like a lion.

  • POSTED BY p-rats on | January 6, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    JAMES HILDRETH FOR ENGLAND

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | January 6, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    All the Collingwood bashers-& there are quite a few of them-must be feeling happy now.Personally,I feel England will be losing a tremendously valuable asset.Who will save England now when they are 4 down for 100 odd chasing 350/400+ with a day to go?Who would you put your money on now to protect the slips & point region with utmost reliability?& who would you call on to break a threatening partnership?Eoin Morgan,for all his exploits in limited overs cricket,is not yet ready for test cricket.Sorry England,now you'll realise the pricelessness of Colingwood when you'll would look around to find a damn tough character like Collingwood in times of severe crisis,like Cardiff 2009,etc etc.All the best for your limited overs career Paul Collingwood!

  • POSTED BY Tlotoxl on | January 6, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    One of the most under appriciated cricketrs of modern times, probably the best fielder in the world, and a true fighter, he may not often have got the big hundreds but he saved matches often enough.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    While Australian cricket may be in shambles, there is still only one Englishman I would want in the Australian team, and that is Collingwood. His attitude to the game is outstanding. Bravo.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Respect for the lil man from England...One of my favourites to ever play from England..I still remmember his heroics against Australia in the VB series..god bless

  • POSTED BY g-man86 on | January 6, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Along with Strauss's brilliant 100s in both innings of the Chennai test of '08,Collingwood's gritty 100 in the 2nd innings will remain overshadowed by India's thrilling run chase and Tendulkar's 4th innings masterpiece..Though it may not feature in Cricinfo's 5 of the best from Collingwood,it remains in my memory as the knock that characterized Colly's test match batting..Full of courage and coming in trying & pressure filled circumstances..

  • POSTED BY suresh_sksj on | January 6, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    colly...good you are quiting at the correct time....Ashes win is always a good time to quit....guess Ricky had this idea some years ago....he still feels he can win back the Ashes next time....at 40....you were great to watch...on the filed, you were next to Jhonty on the field.....sad we will miss u.....i am from Ind...

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Can anybody in the world take catches like he does. The test world would certainly miss it......

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    it is very dissapointing that paul collingwood has retired from tests.he is one of the ace feilders in the game.I think he made the call too early.he has 4 more years of cricket left in him.england middle order will surely miss his experience especially in sub continent.it would be interesting to see how england play without colingwood,flintoff.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Thank you Colly... you will be remembered for your gutsy knock in cardiff and adelide..

  • POSTED BY tiger_fahad on | January 6, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    i think its an emotional decision he can get back his form its not a big deal that he not performed well in this tour 1 reason could be he didnt find many chances in this tour as cook and trott didnt leave anything challenging for colly to rescue his team he is among one of the players who love to perform in difficult circumstances but he didnt find many in this tour i believe this is the main reason he didnt perform well in this tour

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    This is what we call justice to your own career. Shame on you Ricky Ponting, you still wants to continue ? when your own IAN chappel wants you to get retired from test cricket at least ? When will leave the cricket before media will throw you from ground ? I am hopping that Australia gets eliminated from the world Cup in knock out stages :) so that more embarrassment for the Australia and Ponting too. Well for the Collingwood, hes a class act. He was in under pressure in this series.Otherwise, collingwood is a destructive player and i want to see him continuing with IPL, ODi and T20 international. I still remember the Collingwood`s inning in IPL he made 80 runs from 40 odd balls. He is a very good player of hook and pull. Quality back foot player with huge sixes to the mid wicket and long on areas. Standing aviation from my side. You Rock...

  • POSTED BY g-man86 on | January 6, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Colly was handed a 4 match ban for his team's slow over-rate after the controversial 4th ODI against NZ in June '08..KP filled in in his absence..Meanwhile following a home test series loss against SA,Vaughan resigned as test captain..KP,who had until then had the experience of leading England in only a solitary ODI,was appointed skipper..The incumbent captain Strauss was quoted as saying he was disappointed to lose out,but nothing was reported on Colly's aspirations..He even gave up ODI leadership so that KP could captain in all formats..As i don't follow the England team that closely,this development was slightly baffling to me..can any England followers clarify as to why Colly stepped down?I felt appointing KP was a bad choice as he was a superstar with an ego taking focus away from the team..Colly certainly couldn't have fared worse than KP did in losing the ODI series in India 5-0..

  • POSTED BY kk4540 on | January 6, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Its nice to see a very good player like colly lives test cricket due to poor form and in the other hand indian player not lives the team untill they dont throw from the team . Rahul pls do like colly and make the chance for rahane to paly for india. Best of luck colly u are still a legend in ecb.......

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    So the career of another hardworking but unsung hero comes to an end. England's Rahul Dravid, he has been the bedrock of England for a long time and also England's best fielder- the stunner he took to dismiss Ponting was Perth was the best I've seen in a long time.His Test career has come to an end but he is England's most reliable ODI batsman and of course led England to a World Twenty20 victory, that too against arch-rivals Australia in the final.Take a bow Paul. Perhaps Ricky Ponting can take a hint and retire from Test cricket gracefully.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | January 6, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    The blokes always been a no nonsense kind of guy and all credit for making this tough call. When I first saw Colly in the one day team I thought he would be another bit n pieces player who would fade away as an also ran one day player. I was amazed to see him picked in the test squad to start with and then to see him do so well. I think he is example of making the most with what little resources available. He was never going to be a big ticket item in terms of talent and show but boy could he fight it out. The other aspect was he kept improving after getting in to the test side. Well done and nice to see someone going on a high.

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | January 6, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    He is a Fighter know his limitation and mostly perform when needed , best of luck Coly

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    good luck Colly... I always loved the way you played.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 6, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    There's one compliment which few earn but which undoubtedly applies to Collingwood: he'll be missed even more as a person than as a cricketer. Good cricketer, great person.

  • POSTED BY RDLikesCricket on | January 6, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Colly's decided to go... will Rahul Dravid whoz been having a horrendus series in SA follow suit? Do not wait to be pushed out Dravid.. pls go..

  • POSTED BY chandau on | January 6, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    He is like what jhonty was to SA, a super fielder who lifted the team's spirit but was never able to show batting potential with numbers (at least). I think he modelled after Jhonty whether batting or fielding (as JR did not bowl). England will miss him on a long hard day in the sun, though they have a lot of loud mouths, none as inspirational as Colly. A good chance for the poms to restructure the team by bringing in an allrounder like Luke Wright to the middle. Strauss, Cook, Bell, Trott, KP, Prior, Wright, Swann, 3 pacies whoever is fit.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Collingwood had the potential to be on the par with Dravid, Kallis etc... His innings against India is a classical example. But I feel he was largely mishandled by the English cricket board burdening him with too much responsibilities.............. Any how we will see him in T20s and ODIs atleast

  • POSTED BY RDLikesCricket on | January 6, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Good time for Colly to go? maybe... a bit early i wud guess him to leave Test cricket... he has had 1 bad series and is leaving... shows the high quality & unforgivingness of top flight cricket. He still has a lot to contribute to England cricket. Good luck with your future Paul and do well.

  • POSTED BY g-man86 on | January 6, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Collingwood took over captaincy after uncertainty over Vaughan following '07 WC and led England to some memorable victories not least the 4-3 series win over India when they were riding the crest of the wave having won the test series..He also led them to an away series win in Sri lanka which is an extremely hard place to win in..He sealed his place in England history by leading the team to their maiden multi-team(or ICC event to be precise) in the T20 WC..Why he was never in the reckoning for the post of England test captain has always been a query in my mind..He had an unblemished character record..Perhaps the only controversy he courted was when he appealed for the run out after Sidebottom collided with Grant Elliot though he has since said that he regretted not calling him back..Collingwood in my book had all the credentials for being a successful captain..

  • POSTED BY ndavala on | January 6, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    well done fella...never a better time than now to retire after regaining the ashes...congrats on a great career

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | January 6, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Take a bow mate. You've done yourself and England proud. Though you're the enemy I've always had to admire your "they'll never take me alive" attitude. An ornament to the game.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Collingwood although born with limited capability, more than made it with sheer determination, will and hard work!! His ability to rise and stay put when everyone else were falling is superb!! He is such a team player. The fact that he retired to "Give way to youngsters" proves it! He never played for statistics, thats why he went on to be "a man worth more than the numbers." We will miss his exceptional fielding but what we will miss THE most is the fight he shows like an underdog boxer to get the better of the favorite!!

    Alll the best Colly

  • POSTED BY Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on | January 6, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    the greatest of catches i've seen many are by colly. his feilding is what will make him immortal.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    One of the great ambassador of world cricket... will miss you !

  • POSTED BY krik8crazy on | January 6, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Colly is one cricketer I admire. He is a hardworking, low profile player who always gives his best for the team. Even in this series, his fielding has been outstanding. When he pulls off a stunning catch or saves a certain boundary, it lifts the spirits of his team mates and motivates them to do well. He did a great job captaining England to a world championship in 20-20. Any team would be proud to have a cricketer like him. Congratulations Colly on an outstanding career!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    I will mostly remember him as a fantastic catcher at slip...What a high time to decide on the retirement...For Britons, nothing can match the excitement of retaining Ashes...

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    I think a player knows when it time to call it quit and how to , for example you leave the game and don't regret it like lara but embrace it shane warne

  • POSTED BY Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on | January 6, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    the shortest backlift ever!

  • POSTED BY g-man86 on | January 6, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    As an Indian fan,I'd like to pay tribute to Collingwood..He has been a somewhat under-appreciated cricketer & remains in the background while the poster boys like KP and Freddie have the spotlight focused firmly on them..While likes of KP & Freddie richly deserve the spotlight,Collingwood has gone unnoticed despite doing the donkey work..I see similarities in his personality to those of Dravid & Kumble who're,like Collingwood,team men to the core,willing to do any job for the team but invariably ending up as the fall guy when the team fails..Like Dravid & Kumble,Collingwood is not one who was naturally gifted but through sheer determination and hard work has maximized his potential in his main area of expertise(batting in his case)while providing great value in the other disciplines(of fielding & bowling)..As an English fielder he's unmatched,at least in recent memory & is perhaps England's all time best fielder..Maybe only Derek Randall can lay a claim to that title..A great fighter..

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    A player who once again proved you don't need all the talent in the world to be successful. Hard work and determination does pay off. Congrats on a great career!

  • POSTED BY va_jatt on | January 6, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    colly still is true fighter.. gavasker , viv richard and david boon.. SRT, kallis, and colly will always b mine fav..A TRUE FIGHTER i personally believe that NO ONE inthe world is better puller than colly. HAIL TO COLLY..

  • POSTED BY jazzmaster on | January 6, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    One of the top 5 fieldsmen I've seen in all forms of cricket. Well done Colly, from an Aussie admirer of good cricket, no matter who plays it. What a memory to go out on- another innings thrashing of the old enemy and a series win in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    Great decision by Collingwood to bow out on a High, no offence towards colly but now it is time for someone like Eoin Morgan to fancy his chances in the english test team... Ricky Ponting and for that matter even Rahul Dravid have a lesson or two that they can take from Paul Collingwood. Ricky Ponting and Dravid are no longer the stalwarts that they used to be.. Their feets don't move properly and their shot selections have been poor. No offence to them but their age is not helping their ambition to continue playing.. It is time for someone like Usman Khawaja to take over from ponting and someone like Cheteshwar Pujara or even Virat Kohli for that matter to take over from Rahul Dravid... These young guns have proved their metal and have to be provided with their opportunity before it is too late. I agree Pujara has been struggling in the recent test series but mind you he is not at all bad.. He has the character, technique and composure to learn and adapt quickly...

  • POSTED BY reddy_rulz on | January 6, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    i dont want colly to retire from tests.....world cricket needs him

  • POSTED BY madhan17 on | January 6, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    its very sad to me, i am a very big fan of collingwood, he is now 34, i feel he can play another 2 years, but retired.. we have to respect his own decision, come on colly i am waiting for t20 & odi u will get losts of runs,,, hands off to u

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Collingwood Adelaide 2006= 206- what more can I say: Three words- bulldog tough= RESPECT> well done collingwood and congrats on the ashes

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    the greatest fielder of all time after jhonty rhodes. now england is more stronger with the presence of eoin morgan

  • POSTED BY bond077 on | January 6, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    colly is one of my favourite player.. he did lots for England cricket. he played some great innis in test. he is the best fielder in world cricket. it's good time to retired from test cricket and giving a chance to newcomer. so i think it's great decision to retired we will miss u in test match. but hopefully you will do good in world cup and t20. Goodbye from test cricket miss u.....

  • POSTED BY kundi2 on | January 6, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    you done England proud son !!! chin up ur gonna be missed, mostly by me ur biggest fan. xx

  • POSTED BY RodStark on | January 6, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    I wish he hadn't retired! It's a shame you can't just say that you would like to "suspend" your career so that, yes, younger players can have a chance, but if you're there in the county championship doing really well, they can recall you. Colly is so useful to the team.

    And god knows, he's a couple of years younger than Ponting.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 6, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Great player. Gutsy. Mentally strong. Great fielder. Good sport. Honest. No BS. Lessons there for all players of the game young and old. Well done and Thank You Paul Collingwood, Hero of Cardiff.

  • POSTED BY BackyardCricket on | January 6, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Thank you Colly for all the entertainment. Mr.Rahul Dravid over to you.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    will miss him in the tests... good luck Colly.. wise decision

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | January 6, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Mentally, Colly was the backbone of the side.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Colly was indeed a good team player. Despite having been on the fringes of the team in all formats, he had the pleasure of being part of 3 Ashes triumphs and becoming the first English captain to win a word title (World T20 in Caribbean 2010) something that the greatest 20th century English players could not bag in their playing days.

    With young players like Morgan and Bopara pushing aggressively for test claims, time was right to step aside from the test side instead of being pushed out. Infact this was best time to call it quits as England are on the verge of a historic Ashes triumph in Australia. His athletic slip catching, friendly on-field sledging and friendship gestures would be missed by cricket lovers. Good Luck Colly!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    I really admire Colly's decision. He was part of a very successful English side and could have continued. But he realizes the importance of young blood in the team and he should be the one to set an example for others. There are some good players waiting in the wings and need the stage to perform. Unlike Australia who are blooding youngsters now, England should maintain the momentum now and continue to conquer the world pf cricket. Wishing him the best in T20 and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 6, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Sensible of him to retire before he was dropped. At least he's going out on a high. Can't say he was the most attractive batsman around, but he was a bit of a character. Goodbye Colly.

  • POSTED BY alexczarn on | January 6, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Paul Collingwood was a great player for England and it will be a shame to see him go.

  • POSTED BY madscientist001 on | January 6, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    I always considered Collingwood as a poor man's Steve Waugh. He was a dogged fighter and proved you don't have to be in the headlines to be a good player. Some have said he played above his ability I think he played to suit the occasion. Unfortunately he had a poor series with the bat but his absence will leave a hole that will take some filling. Good luck

  • POSTED BY cabinet96 on | January 6, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Well done colly, he saw it was time for a younger player and he's taken the initiative, maybe people like Ricky Ponting can learn from this. Hope he can still perform in the ODI and T20I games.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Colly, despite being a Pom, he is one of my favourite cricketer, who i really admire. Maybe he will not be remembered as a great allrounder, great batsman or a bowler but definately one of the versatile fielder that England and world cricket has produced and every cricket lovers has witnessed. Thank You Colly, you will always be remembered. Hatss Off To You Mate.

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | January 6, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    As a huge Colly fan, I'm massively disappointed about this, but it's typical of the man that he should retire in this way, of his own volition and for the good of the team to which he has been such a tireless and selfless servant. All hail Paul Collingwood, I say!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    And the English Media gets another one to Bite the Dust... thank god its more then one format of Cricket so we can still see Collingwood play. His fielding will surely be missed in the Test Squad

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | January 6, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Trumendes decsion. Good luck collingwood, you are a man. Give chance to new batsmen and let collingwood play T2020 and ODI as long as he wants. I respect this guy now.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Ponting should take a leaf from his book and retire before he is pushed...

  • POSTED BY picklesgodwin on | January 6, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    a good decision by Colly. I've enjoyed watching his whole-hearted commitment to the England cause over the past few years - a good example of grit and hard work making the most of his talent. Good luck in the WC and one-day career.

  • POSTED BY Solomaverick on | January 6, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    I hope that Collingwood is correctly remembered - perhaps in time. He provided a backbone, grit and determination when England didn't have the talent and confidence they have now. You may even be tempted to say that his rearguard actions in decisive tests gave England the impetus to be where they are today - off hand, series drawn rather than lost in SA (when really they should have lost 3-1), rearguard at Cardiff 2005 which ultimately resulted in England winning the Ashes against the mighty Aussies as they were at the time. Ugly he may have been, short of technical ability and talent certainly - but he'd be in my side of cricketers I'd have batting for my life.

  • POSTED BY spintowin on | January 6, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    Never has a man made such a living out of nudging the ball to deep backward square for a single. What a fielder though...

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Good Athlete.. A good sportsman.. A true team man.. Good luck for him in ICC CWC..

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    We'll miss you Colly, especially your amazing fielding

  • POSTED BY wibblewibble on | January 5, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Colly is a legend, whilst most of the team self destructed on that final day in Cardiff, he batted so determinedly that it even rubbed off on Monty, and the rest is history. Never the most beautiful batsman to watch, but he put everything into it. Hope he can regain some of that doggedness for the one dayers, now that he has put test cricket behind him - world cup to be his crowning glory?

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Aww, Colly =(

    He'll be missed in the Test squad, but if he focuses his energy in the shorter games, England's Twenty20 World Cup win won't be a flash in the pan.

  • POSTED BY tanveers on | January 5, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    It's just bad timing. English team is playing so well these days - all players are contributing except Collingwood. And this is the very reason he as been spotted. If English team were not playing that well, Collingwood's bad series would've been masked. Also at the age of 34, it's a bit early retirement. It's just the media pressure that Collingwood is succumbing to. I hope him the very best. He was a very good gritty test player and a great fighter. Sorry to see you go, Collingwood.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Good move..... though ur energy will be missed by the team, hope PUNTER and a few other can learn from this.....

  • POSTED BY gujer on | January 5, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    good cricketer who never loves to give up things , but well justified decision because its good time to give permanent oppertunity to eion mnorgan at 6 and move bell up to 5.

  • POSTED BY pandeypank on | January 5, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    A superb batsmen and fielder. One of my favourites and will surely be missed.

  • POSTED BY StJohn on | January 5, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    What a pity he's retiring from Tests ! A great player who brought some true grit to the England middle order. Seems so young to retire - only 34! You'd have thought that at that age a batsman could still have a good 3-4 years left ahead of him, maybe even a bit more. I also think he has been underused as a bowler in Tests. He'll be greatly missed in the Tests, but I'm glad he's staying on in both of the shorter formats.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Thats sad, but he will be remembered as a stoic fighter in adversity! I'm sure he could have hung around for longer. He has often come up with stellar performances in dire circumstances. The 74 at Cardiff will probably remain his signature innings! Well done, and congratulations on a very fine test career.

  • POSTED BY Fifthman on | January 5, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    Sorry to see you go Colly. But you stepped down at the time and manner of your choosing. The dressing room will miss your 'ginger spirit'.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    We'll miss you Colly, especially your amazing fielding

  • POSTED BY dyogesh on | January 5, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Sad to see a tough bloke retire this way. With those knocks at Cardiff and Cape Town, he has been instrumental to England's new-found confidence. A very likeable fellow.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Colly has been a fantastic servant to the Test team since his debut in 2003. Wisden I think summed up the man that is Colly when he was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. Wisden described him as having become the embodiment of "the sort of cricketer who not only made the most of his ability but was also determined to keep getting better." I look foward to seeing him continue with the ODI squad, where he stands on the cusp of becoming the first Englishman to 200 ODI's and for him to continue to lead the T20 squad to further success. The stick he got from people was unjustified, Collingwood embodies all that is great about a cricketer who may on the face of it not appear to the be the best, but is always making sure he improves. A great player and a great guy.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Good man. Good decision. His work is done.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I'm glad Collingwood is retiring after this test. He should have been dropped earlierin the series to give Morgan a shot. I get the impression he was 'allowed to bow out gracefully' as he is/has been a great servant to English cricket. Gutless from E&WCB as it was another chance to see an up and coming player lost. - Even Aus wouldnt pick Collingwood.

  • POSTED BY PlayingItStraight on | January 5, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    One of the signs of a great player is knowing when it's their time to retire. While he may not be remembered as one of the truly great English players, Paul Collingwood always earnt the respect of opponents for his fighting qualities and attitude. Well done for all he achieved in his test career, and congratulations to him for knowing the right time to go. Ricky Ponting, please take note.

  • POSTED BY Shithin on | January 5, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Farewell to one of the brilliant fielder of all time and a very brave batsman. i wish him good luck in odi's and t20's :)

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  • POSTED BY Shithin on | January 5, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Farewell to one of the brilliant fielder of all time and a very brave batsman. i wish him good luck in odi's and t20's :)

  • POSTED BY PlayingItStraight on | January 5, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    One of the signs of a great player is knowing when it's their time to retire. While he may not be remembered as one of the truly great English players, Paul Collingwood always earnt the respect of opponents for his fighting qualities and attitude. Well done for all he achieved in his test career, and congratulations to him for knowing the right time to go. Ricky Ponting, please take note.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I'm glad Collingwood is retiring after this test. He should have been dropped earlierin the series to give Morgan a shot. I get the impression he was 'allowed to bow out gracefully' as he is/has been a great servant to English cricket. Gutless from E&WCB as it was another chance to see an up and coming player lost. - Even Aus wouldnt pick Collingwood.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Good man. Good decision. His work is done.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Colly has been a fantastic servant to the Test team since his debut in 2003. Wisden I think summed up the man that is Colly when he was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. Wisden described him as having become the embodiment of "the sort of cricketer who not only made the most of his ability but was also determined to keep getting better." I look foward to seeing him continue with the ODI squad, where he stands on the cusp of becoming the first Englishman to 200 ODI's and for him to continue to lead the T20 squad to further success. The stick he got from people was unjustified, Collingwood embodies all that is great about a cricketer who may on the face of it not appear to the be the best, but is always making sure he improves. A great player and a great guy.

  • POSTED BY dyogesh on | January 5, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Sad to see a tough bloke retire this way. With those knocks at Cardiff and Cape Town, he has been instrumental to England's new-found confidence. A very likeable fellow.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    We'll miss you Colly, especially your amazing fielding

  • POSTED BY Fifthman on | January 5, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    Sorry to see you go Colly. But you stepped down at the time and manner of your choosing. The dressing room will miss your 'ginger spirit'.

  • POSTED BY on | January 5, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Thats sad, but he will be remembered as a stoic fighter in adversity! I'm sure he could have hung around for longer. He has often come up with stellar performances in dire circumstances. The 74 at Cardiff will probably remain his signature innings! Well done, and congratulations on a very fine test career.

  • POSTED BY StJohn on | January 5, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    What a pity he's retiring from Tests ! A great player who brought some true grit to the England middle order. Seems so young to retire - only 34! You'd have thought that at that age a batsman could still have a good 3-4 years left ahead of him, maybe even a bit more. I also think he has been underused as a bowler in Tests. He'll be greatly missed in the Tests, but I'm glad he's staying on in both of the shorter formats.