England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket with immediate effect. Collingwood had great memories playing for his national team England. He was the captain of England’s T20 side that won the World T20 title in 2009 beating Australia in the final.
“After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to announce my retirement from cricket at the end of the current season. I knew this day would eventually come but it hasn’t made it any easier, although it’s an emotional decision, I know that the time is right and I’m comfortable knowing that I have given every last ounce of energy to the sport,” said Paul Collingwood.
“I have achieved so much with both Durham and England; far more than I ever imagined and I feel extremely privileged to have had such a long and rewarding career. It has been an honor to represent Durham County Cricket Club for the last 23 years,” added Collingwood.
“I would like to thank the staff, coaches, team mates and members for their tremendous support and for making my career so enjoyable. I am excited about what the future holds for me and am looking forward to new challenges,” said Paul Collingwood.
Following the Ashes victory in Australia in the year 2011, Paul Collingwood has announced his retirement from Test cricket. He was part of England’s three Ashes winning squads – 2005, 2009 and 2011. In the 68 Test matches he played for England, Collingwood scored 4259 runs at an average of 40.59.
Collingwood, aged 41 then, was presented with three awards last year at his Durham county – Durham’s 2017 Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Batsman of the Year. He is Durham’s leading run scorer at the First class level. In the 304 First-Class games, all-rounder Collingwood scored 16,844 runs and picked up 164 wickets.
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