ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss is backing Paul Collingwood to put his barren run of form in Australia behind him.
Collingwood has struggled on a tour when England’s batsmen have otherwise enjoyed the Australian sunshine.
Collingwood managed only 83 runs in the Test series, and scored 16 and six in this week’s Twenty20 internationals.
But Strauss expects Collingwood to find his form in the seven-match series which starts in Melbourne tomorrow.
“He’s been a bit out of touch in the Test matches, but it’s a very different form of the game. His record in one-day cricket over the last year has been very good,” said Strauss.
“He brings a lot to the side apart from his batting – but his batting is crucial to us.
“We’re expecting him to come back strong. He’s a strong character and resilient bloke.
“There have been plenty of incidences in the past where he has come back with a bang.
“There’s a lot of competition for places. Kevin Pietersen’s back in the squad and we all know what he can bring to the one-day team.
“Someone’s got to miss out out of the batsmen. It will be a tough call but I think that’s a good position to be in.”