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Paul Collingwood forced to take the field during Ashes warm-up match

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Paul Collingwood provided a trip down memory lane for England supporters when he was forced to act as a replacement fielder in an Ashes warm-up game in Australia. 

The 41-year-old took to the field after Jake Ball went down after spraining his right ankle on the second day of the fixture in Adelaide. 

Collingwood, who is meant to be there in a purely coaching capacity, put on the England shirt for the first time in almost seven years and slotted in at mid-on where he proved to be as alert as ever. 

The Durham player's appearance prompted an avalanche of activity on Twitter and some even called for the veteran to be officially included in the Three Lions side. 

Provided that Collingwood is the fielding coach for the national team, there was a bit of pressure on him to collect the ball cleanly, as the video below shows, luckily, he did.

Having signed an extension with Durham for another year, he remains active in the sport and can call upon his vast experience as England attempt to retain the Ashes over the course of the next two months. 

However, the injury to Ball is yet another setback following the absence of their best player Ben Stokes. 

The Nottinghamshire man's right ankle buckled as he delivered the fifth ball of his fourth over but was able to leave the field without much assistance. 

With others such as Mark Wood, Toby Roland-Jones and Steven Finn also ruled out due to injury, the team will hope that Ball's injury is not too serious after the sprain is assessed on Thursday and Friday. 

Another player who hasn't been able to make an appearance yet is spinner Moeen Ali as he continues to struggle with a side injury. 

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