Australia v England, 7th ODI, Perth February 3, 2011

Collingwood ruled out of final ODI

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's injury crisis deepened as the team arrived in Perth ahead of the seventh and final ODI against Australia, as Paul Collingwood was officially ruled out of the match following the back spasm that prevented him from bowling during Wednesday's two-wicket defeat at the SCG. He will return to the UK immediately, but is expected to be fit for the start of the World Cup, with the team setting off for Bangladesh on February 12.

"He had a back spasm so he couldn't walk very well and he certainly couldn't bowl," Strauss said in the aftermath of the Sydney defeat. "At the moment we are a bit short on bowlers full stop."

Collingwood is the fifth member of England's one-day squad to finish the series back in England, with Tim Bresnan (calf) and Graeme Swann (back) already in the country, and Ajmal Shahzad (hamstring) and Chris Tremlett (side) currently flying back from Sydney.

Stuart Broad, who tore his abdominal muscle during the second Ashes Test in December, is back with the squad but is unlikely to be passed fit for the Perth ODI, which means Durham's Liam Plunkett, a recent arrival from the Lions tour in the Caribbean, is a near-certain starter for a match in which Australia already hold a 5-1 series lead.

Plunkett, who was a part of the England team that unexpectedly won the CB Series on their last tour of Australia in 2006-07, arrived in Perth on Tuesday following a 40-hour journey, but believed he would be fresh and ready for action if called upon for the match.

"I went from St Kitts to Miami and then Miami to Heathrow. I was there for 10 hours so I had a sleep there and then went to Singapore and here," Plunkett said. "But I've been here two nights now. I've had plenty of time to rest and slept on the plane thanks to some sleeping tablets."

With 28 ODIs to his name already, Plunkett offers greater experience than either of England's recent debutants Steven Finn and Chris Woakes, who along with Jimmy Anderson are the only three fit seamers still remaining with the squad. However, his most recent outing was a one-off fixture against Bangladesh in Chittagong back in March, having not been selected since the visit of West Indies in 2007.

"I was [surprised to get selected]." he admitted. "But I've got the call-up, I'm here and hopefully I will play. I've got fresh legs. I feel strong and confident in my bowling so hopefully it goes well and we'll see what happens from there."

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  • Richard on February 5, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    @Meety-Sure mate, I like a little fun too, I just thought it was getting a little intense there for a while. As for bloodlines I can't go for Scots or Irish but my surname is Welsh (Powell) and in pure horse breeding terms I'm 3/4 British Isles and 1/4 German, which should give me the edge in manuever warfare!

  • Andrew on February 5, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @ Biggus - I agree, although I don't mind sledging the Poms over their "League of Nations", helps eases the pain of defeat. Re: "excuses" It is also my point re: the injuries (considerable in number), & scheduling debate - these things will undermine the Pommie campaign if continually harped upon & should be seen as challenges not obstacles. @johnthepom re: Colly & catches, he is a great fielder, the standard used to measure against other players is dividing the catches taken by the innings fielded. Colly is about is .77 catches per innings in the field. This compares to M Waugh .74, M Taylor .8, T Greig .81 & B Simpson .94! These stats favour players who firld in the slip cordon so Punter isn't anywhere near Colly @.6. What these figures don't say is how good the catches were or how many were dropped! @ phoenixsteve - not quite right Dizzy Gillespie VERY Ozzy & so too Christian! Also most of us would rather say we are sons of Irishmen & Scotsmen! LOL!

  • Richard on February 5, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Come on guys, lets settle this conversation down a little. This sniping demeans the wonderful game that we follow. @phoenixsteve- I've already expressed my displeasure at the 'foreign legion' talk so I have no qualms taking issue with your "dregs of the past" comment. Mate, you know that's way out of line and does you no credit. Whether it was made in jest or not, we already see too much nationalism dressed up as sport in these blogs. You guys have won the Ashes fair and square and it would be fitting were you to be a little bit gracious about it. @Something_Witty-Please give the foreign legion stuff a miss matey. It's been done to death. If it ever was funny that moment is long gone. I really don't understand this Aus/Eng antagonism. I'm really quite fond of the Poms, as I am of the Kiwis.We may give each other hell on the sporting field but what happens on the field should stay there. After all, historically speaking, we are brothers.

  • John on February 4, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Oh dear, I forgot just how touchy a subject the Foreign Legion of England was with their cricket fans. Don't worry though, I don't really blame the poms for using all the resources at their disposal. - Their system simply seems to have a problem producing good batsmen. The poms have always produced decent swing/seam bowlers, that's why their bowling attack is usually all English. But batsmen and keepers... they're a different story. Oh and @phoenixsteve, what our ancestors were has no bearing on what we are. - Otherwise you poms are technically French, with a bit of Viking and Saxon thrown in. And finally, for those who did not pick it up, my comment was very tongue in cheek. England can pick players from Mars for all I care.

  • Steve on February 4, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke.... getting a player to fly 2/3rds way round the world isn't for a "meaningless" game! It's England v Australia and although we're on the wrong end of this series England will always show respect to Austrralia. As for all this non-English players stuff.... Australia have yet to play a real Austarlian! Basically the whole current side are sons of POMS, Greeks, Turks, and the other dregs of the past! I guess that one or two of them might by descendants of upright Englishmen? We don't hold it against you though... after all it's not your fault! It would be nice to see some real Aussies in the side though....

  • joel on February 4, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Trott has a British passport , thankyou cricinfo stats . So Please Australia fans just stop the whinging , i allways thought it was us poms that did that .Your place at the top of world cricket is well and truly over

  • joel on February 4, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Why do Aussie fans keep going on about England players being born in different countrys ( something-witty ) . Strauss and Prior are English , just because they wasnt born in England doesnt make them foriegn imports . For gods sake they have English passports !. As for morgan why cant he play for a team where his excellent skills can be used and seen to a wider audience . He has waited to meet the requirements to play for us and has it not crossed your mind why trott and pieterson want to play for England . Oh yeah 3 Ashes winning series ~!

  • Richard on February 4, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @johnthepom-Once they get to a certain level I'm disinclined to make direct comparisons as there are so many other variables to consider. Suffice to say that even amongst international players he belongs to an 'elite' fielding club. Your lot are one of the best fielding English sides I've seen, and that's a pretty sound barometer of overall team spirit and quality. Whilst the Poms have often had good slips fielders, really fine ground fielders have been a little rarer, but one that springs to mind is Derek Randall. He was a real live wire in the covers but most of all I remember him for his by-play with Dennis Lillee in the '77 Centenary Test:-Randall, "Oh, well bowled Mr Lillee", after being clocked by a quick one, Lillee, "Give me the ball. I'll bl**dy well hit him again". Absolutely priceless.

  • John on February 4, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Thanks a lot, biggus. As expected his test stats are great. Still wonder how his catches would compare with others? Must agree - certainly one of the best I've seen for England although Beefy wasn't too shabby.

  • Richard on February 4, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @johnthepom-Just click on his name above in the related links box and it will take you to his stats page where you will find most of what you seek. On a purely subjective note Colly's as good and all round fielder as I've seen in an England team.

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