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Paul Collingwood helping England have fun on and off the wicket

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Former England batsman-turned-coach Paul Collingwood says it is about time England got back to having fun with their cricket - and says he's the man to help them do just that.

The three-times Ashes winner has temporarily joined Ashley Giles's ODI coaching staff, helping to oversee the 2-1 series win against the West Indies earlier this month.

Now Collingwood and Giles, who were part of the 2005 Ashes winning team, have been handed the task of guiding the Three Lions to ICC World Twenty20 glory later this month.

England won the tournament back in 2010 and Collingwood says he is looking forward to sinking his teeth into his new role.

"I am looking forward to getting over there," he said.

"I guess at the moment, the one area where I can help straightaway is in trying to create a more relaxed and fun environment."

Paul Collingwood helping England have fun on and off the wicket

The 37-year-old has already started picking up the mood in the England camp - he was spotted on the golf course with 22-year-old all-rounder Ben Stokes yesterday.

The pair enjoyed a round at the stunning Royal Westmoreland Golf Course in Barbados, and even managed to swing the result in their favour with a fine final putt from Stokes.

"We lost the first round 7 and 5, but Ben holed a 10ft putt to win on double or quits on the last two holes," joked the Durham legend when speaking to GiveMeSport.

Paul Collingwood helping England have fun on and off the wicket

Collingwood was part of the successful T20 team back in 2010 - and he believes that the key to any success in the upcoming tournament in Bangladesh is to rediscover the reason they were successful in the first place after a tumultuous Ashes tour over the winter.

"You play your best cricket when you're having a bit of fun," he explained.

"Obviously we are going to be doing a lot of hard work as well, but if the lads can go out feeling as confident as possible it is a crucial factor."

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