England All-Rounder Paul Collingwood announces retirement

England All-Rounder Paul Collingwood Announces Retirement

Former England coach Paul Collingwood announced on Thursday that he will end his professional career at the end of the season, 22 years after making his first-class debut. Three-time winner of Ashes and the only man to crown England with a world trophy after taking him to glory at the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup, Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-Day Internationals and 36 T20 matches. The England Cricket Board (ECB) also took to Twitter and thanked Collingwood for all the memories. "Thanks for the memories, @ Colly622! #ThankYouColly", tweeted England Cricket.

The 42-year-old has been described by his county side, Durham, as his "best career scorer and most illustrious player."

"After much thought and deliberation, I decided to announce my retirement from cricket at the end of the current season," Collingwood said.

"I knew that this day would finally come, but it has not made it any easier, although it is an emotional decision, I know that it is the right time and I feel comfortable knowing that I have given every last drop of energy to the sport."

The president of Durham, Ian Botham, said: "Paul is one of the best SUVs that has ever adorned the game of cricket and have him playing in Durham, his native county, during all these years has been an absolute privilege."

Collingwood obtained 4259 races in Test, 5092 in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 583 in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). It has an average of 40.56 in test cricket with the highest score of 206.

Collingwood had also appeared in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He represented the Delhi Daredevils franchise from 2009 to 2010 and later played for Rajasthan Royals from 2011-12.

(With the entries of AFP)

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