Collingwood retires from Test cricket

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Paul Collingwood. — Photo: Reuters
Paul Collingwood. — Photo: Reuters

England batsman Paul Collingwood said it was time to move on and give younger players an opportunity as he announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday.

Collingwood, 34, has been under increasing pressure to keep his No. 5 batting spot after a dismal run at the crease this Ashes series that has garnered just 83 runs at 13.83.

Former captain and teammate Andrew Flintoff said this week it was time for the England team management to be ruthless and drop the under-performing Collingwood from the Ashes-winning team.

Collingwood chose not to wait until the end of the Sydney Test, which is expected to finish on Friday with a huge England series-clinching victory, and made his announcement to teammates before the start of the fourth day's play. While he will no longer be a part of Test cricket, Collingwood will remain England's Twenty20 captain and play for the one-day team, the England and Wales Cricket Board said. — AFP

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