Collingwood retires from Test cricket

England batsmen Paul Collingwood has announced his retirement from Test cricket following the current 5th and final Ashes Test in Sydney.

Collingwood, who has represented England at Test level on 68 occasions, will continue as England’s Twenty20 captain and as a member of England’s ODI squad, says a ECB announcement. He led England to victory in the World T20 Cup in the West Indies last year.

In a statement Collingwood said: “Representing England at Test level has always been a dream of mine and I’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some amazing highs throughout my Test career. “Clearly I still feel I have a huge amount to offer England in terms of limited overs cricket and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue leading the Twenty20 squad and playing a significant role in England’s ODI team.”

Collingwood, 34, made his Test debut in 2003 against Sri Lanka at Galle and has gone on to earn 68 caps. With the potential of one innings remaining in Sydney he has 4259 runs but has struggled during the Ashes with just 83 runs in six innings.