Collingwood joins England staff

  • Last Updated: February 12 2014, 18:11 GMT

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: Joins England set-up
Collingwood: Joins England set-up

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."


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