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Collingwood takes up coaching role

Durham captain Paul Collingwood will join Scotland's coaching team this winter.

The former England international led his county to the LV= County Championship title this season, their third triumph in six seasons.

Collingwood also skippered England to World Twenty20 success in 2010 and is the national side's most capped one-day international player with 197 appearances.

His presence in the Scotland camp will be invaluable as they embark upon two World Cup qualifying campaigns, for the T20 and ODI global tournaments respectively, between now and February 2014.

Head coach Peter Steindl said: "Leading into two vital qualifying events, I was very keen to change things a bit, add a couple of new voices to the coaching team and bring in coaches who had attained success at the very highest levels of the game.

"Paul has been part of successful teams as a player and a captain and it will be great to have his experience and knowledge on board.

"We identified Paul as a person we were very keen to secure and I am delighted he agreed to join us for the winter.

"I am sure he will be a hugely positive influence on the squad as we head into some really important cricket."

Collingwood will work alongside Steindl and fielding coach/performance analyst Toby Bailey and play a full part in both the preparation and competition phases this winter.

"I am very excited at the prospect of working with the Scotland squad over the coming months and look forward to helping the team qualify for both the T20 World Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup," said the 37-year-old.

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