Paul Collingwood sees England home

Another hundred for Paul Collingwood. Another win for England. Do we fire up the unfettered optimism machine yet?

In many ways it was a magnificent win. At one point, Australia were 170-1 with bags of time remaining, but Monty Panesar got Ricky Ponting for 75 and Jamie Dalrymple got Matthew Hayden for 82. Andrew Flintoff subsequently took Mike Hussey's wicket and didn't let up for the tail. In the end, Australia got 252. Not a bad total at all, but they were all out, which was significant.

Brett Lee then came out firing, as always, and England were 15-3 before they knew it. Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood played with rare assurance however, taking the singles so generously offered by Ricky Ponting's field placings. Ian Bell profited from a laughable drop by Glenn McGrath that sent the surly birthday boy into a rage that may not yet have abated.

Bell departed for 65 and it was nervy until the final over, but Collingwood deserved to be on the winning side and finished on 120 not out, his second hundred in succession.

Competitiveness, know-how, calmness under pressure, a little bit of ginger and hundreds - that's what Paul Collingwood brings to a side.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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Anonymous Mahinda said...

Well, I've said it before and, hopefully, I'll say it again...

Paul Collingwood. Greatest. Living. Ginger.

Maybe Rob "The Pieman" Key should try some hair dye? He's always needed to dye-it.

1:46 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Now we're no scientist, but we're pretty sure that Paul Collingwood succeeds in spite of his ginger hair, rather than because of it.

2:35 pm  
Anonymous Mahinda said...

Nah, I reckon all that grit and determination comes from being repeatedly dumped into a skip / wheelie-bin / wastepaper basket during his formative years.

4:43 pm  

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