Out of form Collingwood desperate to move up the order ahead of World Cup

Friday, January 28, 2011

ADELAIDE - England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has said that he is desperate to escape the No.7 spot in the ODI batting order to avoid being squeezed from the first-choice World Cup side.

The emergence of Jonathan Trott at No.3 has increased the pressure on the 34-year-old.

“I have been there before, but it is not a position I would like to keep for too long,” the Telegraph quoted Collingwood, as saying.

“Hopefully I will get myself back into some sort of form and get up the order a bit, but I understand the reasons I am there,” he added.

Collingwood has had a poor tour of Australia with the bat, but his innings of 27 from 27 balls in the fourth ODI at Adelaide Oval hinted at a return to form ahead of the World Cup.

“It was good to get past 20, I haven’t done that in a while. It’s so frustrating not being in good form,” Collingwood said.

“But I honestly think it is just around the corner, so hopefully [Wednesday] was the spark that I needed,” he added.

The 34-year-old was in the middle of one of the worst form slumps of his career during the recent Ashes series, in which he scored a paltry 83 runs at an average of 13.83. (ANI)

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