Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Colly Glad to Adopt Quiet Role

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Colly Glad to Adopt Quiet Role

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PAUL COLLINGWOOD is happy to be the quiet accumulator among England's crash, bang, wallop batsmen-There are plenty of big hitters in Michael Vaughan's steadily developing one-day side, with Andrew Flintoff top of the list.

But, much as Collingwood admires all that power, there is no danger of England's new No4 attempting to outgun them.

Instead, he has set his sights on trying to emulate Graham Thorpe.

Perhaps imitations should not be necessary.

The selectors, though, have decided that, at 34, Thorpe is unlikely to be a candidate for the 2007 World Cup so they might as well identify a replacement sooner rather than later. Their chosen man is Collingwood.

England looked to the Durham player last winter and were rewarded when he took a fine century off Sri Lanka's bowlers in Perth, played several good innings against Australia and then had a decent World Cup campaign.

Now, with Nasser Hussain retired from one-day cricket and Thorpe being regarded purely as a five-day performer, Collingwood is being given real responsibility, despite having missed almost all the summer with a serious shoulder injury.

But for that setback, the 27-yearold would probably have won a Test cap or two last season.

As it is, he is still waiting to break through at the very highest level but three one-day internationals against Bangladesh, followed by another three in Sri Lanka later this month, ought to see him firmly back in the limitedovers fold.

"It's just good to be involved again," said Collingwood after his 36-run cameo in Chittagong, when England opened this winter's oneday campaign with a simple sevenwicket victory.

"The summer was very frustrating for me - devastating really."

Now, though, Collingwood is only interested in the future as he prepared for today's second meeting with Bangladesh. …

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