Paul Collingwood desperate for international comeback

Mohit Singh, February 15 2012,
Former England comeback using domestic T20 cricket as a means to make it back to the side.
Collingwood hoping for international comeback
Collingwood hoping for international comeback
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More cynical cricket followers might suggest that Paul Collingwood has become just another of Cricket's growing band of Twenty20 (T20) mercenaries. Playing in various tournaments around the world simply to boost an ever increasing bank balance.

However, the Durham player has insisted that he is nothing of the sort, and his globe trotting are all part of his efforts to regain his England place, which he lost after last year's One Day world cup in India.

Collingwood recently played for Perth Scorchers in the inaugural Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, and has now been named as captain of the new South African side, named Impi, in the rainbow nations forthcoming domestic T20 competition.

Following his spell in South Africa, he will jet off to India, where he will compete with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), returning in mid-May to continue his county career in England with Durham.

Having become the first, and so far the only England captain to win a world one day championship, when he led the team to victory in the World T20 completion in the West Indies in 2010, Collingwood would love to be helping his county defend their crown in Sri Lanka in September. Although, the chances of is being recalled, appear at this stage to be remote as England look to rebuild their side with a number of younger players replacing the "old guard".

The Durham all-rounder actually had a poor tournament for Perth in the BBL, where he managed a paltry 113 runs in seven innings, and bowled just three overs in nine matches. However, the payer himself believes that his experience could help to turn around England's poor recent One Day form.

They lost a series in Australia by 6-1 last winter, and more recently were whitewashed in India by 5-0, while in between they were knocked out of the world cup in the quarter finals, having suffered embarrassing defeats to Ireland and Bangladesh. For the time being, Collingwood will continue to concentrate on his T20 career, in the hope that good form might led to his recall to the international arena.

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