Durham have this week confirmed that veteran Ashes hero Paul Collingwood has signed a one-year contract extension with the club, taking him into his 21st first-class season at the Riverside Ground.
Though agreed earlier this summer, Collingwood has now put pen to paper on a deal which sees him continue to juggle first class cricket and a consultant role with the ECB.
The former Shotley Bridge player still boasts the title of England’s most capped One Day International player and famously captained England to their first ever ICC tournament victory at the World Twenty20 in 2010.
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With a batting average of 31.55 last season in the County Championship, the 39-year-old proved that age is just a number, adding a bowling average of 29.05, his trademark spectacular fielding and a top score of 132 against Northampton in the Royal London Cup One-Day Cup last July to top off an impressive 20th season for the county’s skipper.
News of Collingwood's contract comes at a time where current internationals Mark Wood and Ben Stokes are unable to feature regularly for the county due to international commitments, Collingwood’s renewal was necessary to strengthen a fairly bare Durham squad.
Durham fans would hope that the wealth of experience provided by the likes of Collingwood, Phil Mustard and the retained Australian fast bowler John Hastings, will help to hone the skills of upcoming prospects Usman Arshad, Paul Coughlin and Ryan Pringle, who joined Collingwood in also signing a new deal with the 2014 Royal London Cup winners.
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