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Paul Collingwood explains why he fielded for England

Former Three Lions batsman was a substitute fielder in the tour match against CA XI in Adelaide

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Paul Collingwood explains why he fielded for England

The Durham captain spent one over in the field and wore Mason Crane's whites

Paul Collingwood has explained how he ended up back in England whites during the Ashes tour match against Cricket Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval.

The Durham captain, 41, is with the England squad in a coaching capacity but spent an over in the field as a subsitute 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

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Paul Collingwood on how he ended up fielding for England

Former England man came on as a substitute fielder in tour match against CA XI in Adelaide


"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."


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