Collingwood joins England coaching staff

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TRIPLE Ashes winner Paul Collingwood will be assistant coach to Ashley Giles for England’s forthcoming tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Collingwood’s temporary stint is the second significant appointment by the England and Wales Cricket Board in a matter of hours, following the announcement that former Test seamer Angus Fraser is to join a three-man selection panel at the start of next month.

Collingwood, 37, was England captain when they won this country’s only global trophy to date - the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in 2010.

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton said: “I am delighted that Paul has agreed to join the England coaching staff for the trips to the West Indies and Bangladesh.”

“He was an outstanding performer for England and proved himself to be a successful captain in Twenty20 cricket and the county game.

“We are looking forward to the enthusiastic approach Paul brings to all the teams that he has been involved with over the years.”

Earlier on Wednesday, ECB announced Middlesex director of cricket Fraser is to join national selector James Whitaker and limited-overs coach Giles in a three-man panel as of March 1.

He replaces ex-team director Andy Flower, who resigned from that role last month but stayed on as a selector in a temporary capacity while the squads to go to the Caribbean and Bangladesh were picked.

Collingwood will take over from Richard Halsall as Giles’ assistant when England head to the West Indies next week for three one-day internationals and then three Twenty20s.

The Durham captain has most recently been employed as a coach by Cricket Scotland.

Downton added: “He has also demonstrated his growing coaching potential by helping mastermind Scotland’s victory in the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand - a result which guaranteed Scotland a place in the ICC World Cup finals for the first time since 2007.”

Collingwood’s former England team-mate Giles said: “Colly will add great energy and a winning T20 pedigree to the tour party.

“We are really looking forward to his involvement.”

While Collingwood will be directly involved in team affairs within days, Fraser’s first task in his new role will be to help pick the limited-overs and then Test squads to tackle Sri Lanka in the summer.

Whitaker is delighted to have 48-year-old Fraser as a new colleague, saying: ‘’He brings integrity and the wealth of knowledge that we will need as we look to identify the players across all formats who can thrive in the international environment.’’

Fraser, whose role at Middlesex will be unaffected, said: ‘’I am chuffed to be involved and am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

‘’As a player, I always took great pride in representing England and I am delighted to be given another chance to contribute.’’

Fraser, who took 177 wickets in 46 Tests between 1989 and 1998, is optimistic of a revival in England’s fortunes after their deeply disappointing winter so far.

‘’Despite the doom and gloom after this winter’s Ashes, I believe it’s a really exciting time to be involved in the England set-up,’’ Fraser said.

‘’There is a real chance to create something, and there are a lot of talented young cricketers within the county game.’’