In one of England’s biggest moments on this day in 2011, Paul Collingwood declared his retirement from Test cricket. On the fourth morning of the final Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney, the then 34-year-old told his teammates of his decision as England was on the verge of a famous series victory.
The batsman from Durham began his Test career in 2003 and played in his 68th game. Take me back!!!! https://t.co/Ssv00q1DBB- Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) December 29, 2020He said at the time, “Representing England at Test level has always been a dream of mine and I’ve been lucky enough to experience some amazing highlights during my Test career. “I’m proud to have always given my all to the England Test team, but I think now is the best time to leave Test cricket having achieved some very specific achievements. “It was the third time Collingwood had been involved in a successful Ashes series – although he only featured in the final Test of the 2005 campaign…. He finished with a career average of over 40, including 10 centuries, and took 17 wickets, while his athletic fielding was also a key weapon for England…. Paul Collingwood celebrates taking a wicket during his last Test (Gareth Copley/PA) ” He was one of the great servants of the game and you can’t quantify what he did for the squad. When he led the team to victory in the ICC World T20 in 2010, Collingwood became the first England captain to win a global tournament and he had hoped to continue in the limited overs internationals, but was dropped later in 2011.