England role’s a thrill for Collingwood

Paul Collingwood.
Paul Collingwood.
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DURHAM skipper Paul Collingwood will be part of the new England set-up as they look to rebuild following a disastrous Ashes and the end of Andy Flower’s reign.

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

The Shotley Bridge-born all-rounder has proved a huge hit as Durham captain, leading them to the County Championship crown last term.

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

Collingwood is delighted to have answered his country’s call, and took to social media site Twitter to express his excitement at working with former international team-mate Giles once more.

“I’m as excited as a kid at Christmas,” he tweeted, adding a reference to the unusual nickname Giles came by in his playing days.

“Looking forward to working with the ‘King of Spain’ and the lads.”

The appointment could have implications for his county side. with his international duties likely to mean he will miss Durham’s build-up to the 2014 campaign – including a pre-season trip to Dubai.

However, he should be back at Durham for their first County Championship game of the new season – away to Northamptonshire – which starts on Sunday, April 13.

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

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.”

Meanwhile, Fraser will join national selector James Whitaker and limited-overs coach Giles in a three-man panel as of March 1.

He replaces ex-team director 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.

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.”

Collingwood will take over from Richard Halsall as Giles’s 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.”