all rounder Paul Collingwood is the latest home grown player to
be selected for England. The Shotley Bridge player who will be 25
on Saturday [May 26th] will be in the England one day squad for
the NatWest series against Australia and Pakistan.
Collingwood began playing cricket at the age of six and follows
footsteps of Durham's Simon Brown and Steve Harmison - both also
selected for England.
right hand bat earns his call up after returning from Australia
where he earned rave reviews playing for the Crusaders in Melbourne
and was named as the Best District Player 2000/01. So far this season
he has scored 424 County Championship runs in just four games with
a top score of 153 and an average of 60. His best bowling so far
has been in the one day game where he's taken five wickets for 205
in seven matches, but again his batting which has been impressive
scoring 331 runs in those seven games at an average of 66.20.
Durham Coach Martyn Moxon says: "Paul's form this season has
absolutely tremendous and he thoroughly deserves his chance."
Chairman Bill Midgley says: "While this is a great day for
Collingwood, it is also excellent news for Durham county cricket
club. It is a great endorsement for our youth policy, developing
players from the
local leagues into England potential.
host one of the NatWest games between Australia v Pakistan on June
16th. Tickets are selling fast with only seats in 3 stands left
available and are priced at £25 for adults and £5 for
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