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Paul Collingwood to quit Test cricket

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England‘s Paul Collingwood has announced his retirement from Test cricket at the age of 34.

The Durham batsman, who has scored 4,259 runs in 68 Tests at an average of 40.25, will step down after the final Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney.

Collingwood is England’s Twenty20 captain and will continue to play limited-overs cricket for his country.

“Now is the time to ensure some of the younger players get an opportunity at Test level,” said Collingwood.

Full story: BBC Sport


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Cook and Bell make Aussies suffer

Alastair Cook made 189 for an aggregate of 766 series runs and Ian Bell (115) hit his first Ashes ton as England ran riot on day three of the final Test.

With Australia needing to win to avoid losing the series, their hopes looked bleak as the tourists reached 488-7.

That gave England a lead of 208 at stumps and represented a fine day’s work from a morning start of 167-3.

The only blemish was the latest in a long line of failures for Paul Collingwood, who was out for 13.

The 34-year-old has an average of 15.54 in his last 10 Test matches and may not get a chance to remedy it in the second innings.

Full story: BBC Sport


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Ian Chappell: ‘The psychological stakes are even’ (VIDEO)

Ex-Australian captain says England have lost the mental advantage in the Ashes after being bowled out for 187 at the WACA. He also thinks Ian Bell should be moved up to England’s number 3 after another impressive performance.

Mitchell Johnson has rated his devastating return of 6 for 38 as better than his career-best haul against South Africa here two summers ago. But despite swinging the ball further than he ever has, he said he wasn’t even trying to curl it into the pads of England’s right-handers.

“I think it’s a bonus,” he said of the shape that helped him pick up the lbws of Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood before lunch on the second day. The dismissals were part of a damaging burst of 4 for 7 in 27 balls that started England’s fall for 187, and he finished off the tail to gain his second-best Test figures.

The performance surged Australia back into the series – they had a lead of 200 at stumps – but Johnson isn’t expecting to swing the ball in every innings and was thankful for a helpful breeze. “I like to run in and try to hit the wicket hard,” he said. “When the ball does swing, it definitely puts doubts in the mind of the batsmen.

“I haven’t got all my wickets bowling inswingers to the right-handers. I do get the ball to go across right-handers and get nicks. When I swing it back in, it definitely helps me pick up more wickets.”

For the second time in three innings against Australia, Ian Bell arrived at the crease with his team in the throes of a crisis. For the second time in three innings, he responded as if he’d come armed with a picnic blanket and hamper. At Brisbane on the first day of the series the score had been a wobbly 4 for 125, with the Gabbatoir throbbing at the prospect of another Pom pounding; today it was 4 for 94 – or 4 for 16 in the seven overs since Mitchell Johnson had located his inner hornet.

Bell, however, faced both situations with the insouciance of a man strolling to the wicket at 4 for 452, the scoreline which had greeted him for the third of his performances, at Adelaide a fortnight ago. His first scoring shot came from his second delivery at the crease, an exquisite drive through mid-off as Ryan Harris offered him a length that his dancing feet turned into a half-volley, and all throughout Johnson’s onslaught, Bell alone possessed the technique to deal with his devastating late swerve.

Three innings, three scores between 53 and 76, and three glimpses of a player who looks, stroke for stroke, the most compact and accomplished batsman on either side – more technically correct than the run-harvester Alastair Cook, more composed than Michael Hussey, the fidgety colossus of Australia’s campaign to date. And more brimful of form and focus than Ricky Ponting, the only man on either side who can lay a claim to true greatness.

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Collingwood catch at the WACA

Paul Collingwood takes a sensational catch to dismiss Ricky Ponting off the bowling of James Anderson.

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Ricky Ponting tamed by Paul Collingwood’s greatness

“Mate, you’ve just dropped the World Cup” was the observation of Steve Waugh to Herschelle Gibbs at Headingley in 1999. It was a critical error by Gibbs, the catalyst for South Africa’s elimination and Australia’s subsequent triumph in that World Cup as Waugh went on to win that crucial game.

At Perth at 10.51am on Thursday a fate-tempting English version of that observation came to mind, “Colly, old chap, you’ve just caught the Ashes.” Paul Collingwood’s victim – with a bit of help from Jimmy Anderson, who had propelled the ball – was, of course, Ricky Ponting.

Full story: The Guardian


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