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Collingwood named Twenty20 captain

Paul Collingwood will captain England at this year's Twenty20 World Cup even though he is not considered good enough for a starting place in the Delhi Daredevils.

Paul Collingwood admitted the temporary nature of the job persuaded him to resume the captaincy of England's T20 team.

Collingwood, 32, will be in charge of his country in next month's World Twenty20 tournament having only quit as limited-overs leader last August, on the same day that Michael Vaughan relinquished his position as Test captain.

He did so to safeguard his position as a batsman in all forms of the game after losing form, particularly in Test cricket.

But a resurgence with the bat since then and a personal request from new coach Andy Flower to resume control persuaded a rethink - only a matter of a couple of months ago in the wake of Kevin Pietersen stepping down, Collingwood distanced himself from the role.

"At the time I said I would take a lot of persuading to do the job again," Collingwood explained.

"That was captaining full time. This is an opportunity where I will be captaining for three weeks in a World Cup and that kind of opportunity doesn't come around every day.

"A lot of things have happened since then - Andy Flower has been given the job permanently and I am excited at the opportunity to work with him.

"I thought long and hard about it and the last thing I wanted it to do was affect other parts of my game such as Test cricket - I don't think it will do so given it's just a three-week period."

Last year Collingwood revealed he had made the decision to quit the captaincy upon his recall for the Edgbaston Test against South Africa, and he knew he had made the right choice when he hit a second-innings hundred.

"I found the job was draining," he said.

"There were things behind the scenes which meant you were constantly thinking about the game.

"It might be seen as selfish to have given up the captaincy to concentrate on other areas of my game but all I wanted to do since I was a kid was play at the highest level for England and that meant I had to."

His previous tenure was not without controversy either - he was at the centre of England's failure to retract an appeal for a run-out when New Zealander Grant Elliott was floored in a mid-pitch collision and also banned for his team's slow over rate.

But Flower approached him during his time with Delhi in the Indian Premier League to enquire about his availability, and he subsequently had an input into the squad composition.

"It was evident that he wanted me to do the job," said Collingwood.

"When someone backs you as much as he did it gives you confidence and I think we can work very well together.

"He's done superbly well since he came in in difficult circumstances in the West Indies.

"He is a very honest guy and I like the way he approaches the game and the way he coaches. I hope we will have a good relationship."

source - espnstar.com
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