Collingwood hopeful of England recall

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Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood is hopeful he can still "play one-day and Twenty20 cricket" for England despite not representing his country since March

Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood still harbours ambitions to play limited-overs cricket for England.

The 35-year-old, who retired from Tests in January after England’s successful Ashes campaign, has failed to represent his country since the World Cup in March.

After being omitted from the one-day set-up and replaced as Twenty20 captain by paceman Stuart Broad, little over a year after leading his side to the World T20 title in the Caribbean, Collingwood is determined to impress for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League in a bid to fight his way back into England reckoning.

“I’ve retired from playing Test cricket for England but I still have the ambitions to play one-day and Twenty20 cricket for my country,” Collingwood said.

“If I have a really good six months you never know what can happen.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me. Although I’m 35 it is a fresh challenge. I’m looking forward to playing in the Big Bash, it’s a big stage and that is where you want to be.”

Collingwood will miss the start of Durham’s domestic season due to his Indian Premier League commitments, but believes he will be fit and raring to go on his return.

"I’ll be out in Australia for six or seven weeks playing against some of the world’s best cricketers then playing in the IPL,” he added.

“I’ll miss the opening chunk of Durham’s domestic season but will definitely be cricket-fit by the time I come back.”

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