Certainly wasn't the 'prettiest' of batsmen to watch I've always enjoyed watching him bat, and he's always had that air of a fighter about him. His 200 at Adelaide is unfortunately overshadowed by the rest of what happened in that test (he was not out in the second innings too, with the highest score - 26), but really was a fantastic knock.
Hope he continues to have a good ODI/T20I career. Unlike Tests, his time in those formats is not over.
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Mixed feelings about this for me. Collingwood still amongst the top 6 batters in England if you ask me so this is a bit premature. I respect his decision, if its actually his decision, but if he was pushed I think its just plain stupid. Morgan is hardly banging down doors in FC cricket and Bopara has been a proven failure at the test match level. Hildreth the only person who's really made any claim and theres question marks on him too.
Nonetheless, think hes been a brilliant player for England, one who has proved me wrong time and time again. Hope he continues to build his career in limited overs cricket.
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On topic, Collingwood's a gun. Loved his endeavour and fight.
Could still play a huge part in England's World Cup campaign.
England - with a long term view - would've liked to have seen Bopara be the first man in line, to help out with a bit of fifth bowling duties.
Do you think we'll see the ball being thrown to Trott, or Bell, first?
Problem is, I don't know who'll replace Collingwood, and whether they'll be a better cricketer. Morgan's pretty meh at FC cricket right now, Hildreth can't score runs outside of Taunton (well, maybe that's a bit far, but he isn't as strong), Bopara's failed at test level before and Taylor's probably seen as too raw.
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I think it will be Morgan though i wouldn't be too upset if Broad came in for him and Prior and Bresnan just shuffled up the order. That would give us a very good 5 man attack and plenty of batting down to Swann at 9.
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