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Monday, May 04, 2009

Paul Collingwood to Lead England in ICC World Twenty20 2009

It has been quite sometime, England cricket fans were eagerly waiting to know who is the man to lead England in the upcoming world twenty20 2009 which is all set to begin from 5 June. Well, it has now been reported that Paul Collingwood, who resigned as England’s ODI captain nine months ago, would once again lead England and that would be during England’s Twenty20 world cup mission on home soil.

Paul Collingwood resignation as ODI captain was almost at the same time when Michael Vaughan also resigned as test captain during England’s home series against South Africa last year. Though Collingwood said that it was his form for which he walked out of England captaincy, his conflict with the then coach Peter Moores could be the background reason of resigning from England’s ODI captaincy.

There were many who got surprised when the news came out that Collingwood accepted the Twent20 captaincy of England team in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 2009 tournament. It has been reported that England’s new permanent coach Andy Flower persuaded Paul Collingwood to take up England’s twenty20 captaincy.

Paul Collingwood represented England in 46 tests, scoring 3247 runs and taking 14 wickets. In 159 ODI matches, Collingwood has 3884 runs and 89 wickets. The all rounder played 15 twenty20 internationals so far in which he scored 344 runs and picked up 13 wickets.

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