Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Collingwood Won't Try to Oust Captain Strauss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Collingwood Won't Try to Oust Captain Strauss

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PAUL COLLINGWOOD insisted today he has no intention of taking the one-day and Test captaincy from Andrew Strauss and, instead, gave him credit for England's ICC World Twenty20 success.

The squad returned home this morning after clinching victory in an ICC tournament for the first time in 35 years with a seven-wicket win over Australia on Sunday.

Twenty20 skipper Collingwood was delighted to bring the trophy home (right) and is now looking forward to the return of Strauss to lead England.

"Andrew Strauss is obviously our captain in the one-day format and in the Test format," said Collingwood.

"This was solely my job as Twenty20 captain, to go out and win the World Cup, which is exactly what we've done.

"There's no pressure on him coming back in. He's a fantastic leader and a lot of this kind of success we've had over the last few weeks can go down to a lot of the values he and Andy Flower have installed in us over the past year. The team ethic has certainly helped the team gel together and become a strong unit."

Team director Flower agreed: "Andrew will come back in and there won't be any problem whatsoever. It should happen seamlessly."

Flower revealed players such as Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter, who had big roles in England's success, would be discussed when the selectors meet ahead of next week's First Test against Bangladesh. …

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