Collingwood may retire after Sydney Ashes Test

Monday, January 3, 2011

SYDNEY - England batsman Paul Collingwood has suggested that the ongoing fifth and final Test of the Ashes series in Sydney may be his last.

The 34-year-old is in the middle of one of the worst form slumps of his career, as his tally in the Ashes series so far is a paltry 70 runs at an average of 14.

“On a personal level, this is a big week for me in Sydney. I’m at the crossroads and what happens in the final Test may well determine what direction I go in,” the Daily Mail quoted Collingwood, as saying.

“I’m sure by the end of this Test I’ll know more myself and be better able to judge what the general feeling is in terms of where I am as a Test player and the contribution I can still make to the England team in future and what is the best way forward,” he added.

The all-rounder further rued that he has always performed in patches.

“The one thing that has frustrated me more than anything, however, is that, over my career, I haven’t ever been able to maintain my form for longer,” Collingwood said.

“I just wish I’d arrived here in Australia in the same kind of nick I felt when we got to South Africa last year because when I was in good form, I know I can be very good and when I’m not, I can be terrible to watch and I don’t get the results either,” he added. (ANI)

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