Paul Collingwood

Shirt Number 70
Squad number: 5
Durham Representative No.: 40
Role: Right Hand Bat, Right Arm Medium
Paul Collingwood

Brief bio

Twitter - @Colly62
Date of birth - 26 May 1976 Shotley Bridge, County Durham
Durham First Class Debut - May 1996 v Northamptonshire (h)

Paul Collingwood took over as interim captain midway through last season due to an injury to Dale Benkenstein, and led his side to the 2013 LV=County Championship title.

After Benkenstein's departure to Hampshire, the three times Ashes winner took over the role full time as Durham seek to defend their crown.

Success as a captain is something that Collingwood is accustomed to. He guided his nation to the ICC World Twenty20 title in 2010 - the first global tournament that England had ever won.

He ended his illustrious International career in 2011 after helping to retain the Ashes in Australia, and he remains England's most capped one-day international player.

Collingwood has hinted that this could be his last season as a professional cricketer but a career in coaching or the media surely beckons. After a spell as Scotland's assistant coach, he was England's fielding coach during the 2014 ICC World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.

Still in peak physical shape, Collingwood remains a consistent scorer of runs and a superb fielder, who likes to lead by example.

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