Paul Collingwood Retires

Durham – England and Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood @Colly622 is retiring from all forms of first-class cricket. His final appearance will be for Durham in the County Championship match, vs. Middlesex, at the Emirates Riverside starting 24 September.

Paul made his first-class debut for Durham, vs Northants, at the Riverside on May 2 1996, scoring 91 in his first innings for his home county. Twenty-two  years, four  months and twenty-three days later he will take his final bow, at the same ground.

Durham’s all-time highest accumulator of runs (18,891 in 304 games), Paul has also taken 164 wickets in county games with his medium pace. He was an integral part of Durham’s LV County Championship winning team of 2013 and also played in the 2014 winning Royal London One-Day Cup side.

At international level, Paul played 68 Test matches for England between 2003-2011, scoring 4,259 runs, with a highest score of 206 vs. Australia in the 2006 Adelaide test. He played in 197 ODI between 2001-2011 for his country and was the first and only men’s captain of England to win the ICC World Twenty20 (2010).

In 2006, Paul was awarded an MBE for services to cricket and was named as one of Wisden’s 5 cricketeers of year in 2017.

In response to hearing of Paul’s retirement @phoenixmg tweeted, “A time to celebrate a truly exceptional career, so many personal achievements, team accolades and a fantastic leader of men.”

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