Cricket: COLLY GIVES AUSSIES THE WOBBLES; ..but Hero Paul Still Won't Make Ashes

The Mirror (London, England), July 9, 2005 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Cricket: COLLY GIVES AUSSIES THE WOBBLES; ..but Hero Paul Still Won't Make Ashes


Byline: Mike WALTERS Cricket Correspondent

FLYING picket Paul Collingwood will have to take a back seat in the Ashes - despite being England's best one-day player this summer.

While Kevin Pietersen's impact has been limited to one awesome innings, and Freddie Flintoff has looked undercooked with the bat, Collingwood has outshone them both in the past month.

Nicknamed 'Wobbles' by some of his county team-mates (as in Collywobbles), the Durham all-rounder has floated between No.4 and No.7 in the middle order to accommodate England's big-hitters.

But Collingwood has become a valuable loose cannon, scoring 187 runs at 62.33 and taking 11 wickets at 16 apiece in the one-day skirmishes against Australia and Bangladesh.

His perverse reward for being England's star turn will be a return to the county treadmill, even though he has scored more runs than Pietersen (139 at 46.33) and Flintoff, who has cheerfully been calling himself "yesterday's news".

But Michael Vaughan's ginger ninja has at least played a major part in dismantling Australia's aura of invincibility, and as he looked forward to an encore at Lord's in the NatWest Challenge tomorrow, Collingwood admitted: "The Aussies aren't as intimidating as they used to be."

Although he produced the greatest all-round performance in one-day international history against Bangladesh last month - 112 not out and 6-31 - Colly has reserved most of his greatest hits for the Aussies this summer.

His gravity-defying leap to dismiss Matthew Hayden at Bristol is still baffling scientists.

His century partnership with Geraint Jones at Lord's last weekend salvaged a thrilling tie, from the ruins of 33-5, in the NatWest Series final.

And when England's front-line bowlers banged it in too short at Headingley on Thursday, it was Colly's 4-34 with his 75mph wobblers which put them on the road to a record nine-wicket drubbing of the Aussies.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Cricket: COLLY GIVES AUSSIES THE WOBBLES; ..but Hero Paul Still Won't Make Ashes
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?