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Paul Collingwood explains why he fielded in England's warm-up match

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In a post-match interview with the ECB, Paul Collingwood has explained how he ended up back in the England fielding line-up during an Ashes tour warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval.

The Durham captain, now at the ripe age of 41, is a part of the England set-up in a coaching capacity.

That didn’t stop Collingwood spending an over in the field as a substitute for James Vince on day two of the four-day day-night match.

"They weren’t my England whites, they were Mason Crane’s whites. He’s a bit smaller and shorter than me but I squeezed into them!" Collingwood told ecb.co.uk.

"You’ve got to do your duty, haven’t you? There weren’t too many guys left in the dugout there ready to come on.

"James Vince did not have to come off the pitch! They obviously thought it would be funny and it was good to be out there for an over.

"I looked around the dugout and there weren’t many people left to do it. Moeen Ali isn’t fit at the moment, Stuart Broad had just a spell in the nets and he was very tired, so they said 'Colly, get your whites on!'

"They kept hitting the ball to me! I tried to keep up with Woakesy chasing him down to the boundary, he’s got to keep up with the old men."

Collingwood was a part of England’s winning Ashes teams in 2005 and 2009 at home. He was also in the touring side of 2006-07 that were whitewashed down under.

CA XI v England - Four Day Tour Match: Day 2

The injury crisis adds to England’s imperfect build-up to the Ashes tour of Australia.

The ongoing Ben Stokes saga has abruptly halted his participation in the tour, too, whilst this week, England were also rocked by the news that Steven Finn would also miss the tour through injury.

England began Joe Root’s first Ashes tour as captain of the Test side with a drawn match against a Western Australia XI last week and have made a steady start against a Cricket Australia XI this week.

The first Test begins on November 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

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