Collingwood to delay first-class retirement

"I'm really enjoying my cricket and feel as though I'm still contributing to the team"

“I’m really enjoying my cricket and feel as though I’m still contributing to the team”

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Former England captain Paul Collingwood has decided to delay his first-class retirement after signing a new one-year deal with Durham.

Collingwood, who is captaining Durham, has been in excellent form during the ongoing County season, scoring 518 runs at an average of 32.37 in 12 County Championship matches. He has also made 344 runs at a brilliant average of 68.80 in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

“I had presumed this was going to be my last season but I’m really enjoying my cricket and feel as though I’m still contributing to the team,” Collingwood said. “You’re a long time retired and I’ve still got ambitions to take this team forward. It really is a special group of guys to be involved with and I don’t want to give that up too early.

“We’ve got a lot to play for in the back end of the season with the quarter-finals and trying to avoid relegation, which would be a huge achievement. There is a bigger picture as well which is about having another year to continue to create a culture that will hopefully be around for another five to ten years. I’m certain that the backbone of this side, with the youngsters coming through, will be strong for years to come.”

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