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January 5, 2011

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Paul Collingwood was ecstatic to remove Michael Hussey the last ball before the new ball was due, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 2nd day, January 4, 2011
Paul Collingwood removed Mike Hussey in Sydney with what could to be his final ball in Test cricket © Getty Images
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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!

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