Paul David Collingwood is a professional English Cricketer, a regular member of the England Test side and even the captain of the One Day International team. He is also vice-captain of his county, Durham County Cricket Club. Collingwood is a right-handed all-rounder, has a natural way of strokeplay with reliable medium-fast pace bowling. He is commonly described as the “natural athlete” and also regarded as one of the finest fielders of his time. At present, he has been bought by the Rajasthan Royals team to play at the IPL 5 season 2012.
Paul started playing for the Durham County in 1995, playing first in the list A one-day cricket. When he first came to Durham’s attention, Collingwood was regarded “as a bowler who batted a bit”. According to Coach Geoff Cook’s 2006 assessment it was Collingwood’s determination, rather than his talent, that shone through.
In 2001 Collingwood played well for Durham and hence he was chosen in the English team for the NatWest series against Australia and Pakistan in the summer. He became the 162nd player to appear for England in One dayers. In June 2001 he debuted in One day International cricket playing at Edgbaston against Pakistan but could score just two runs and could not take any wicket. In the rest of the series also he scored 20 runs in four innings. In the 2001-02 tour while playing in the third One day International at Harare Sports Club he took the wicket of Dion Ebrahim which was his first One day wicket. In the fourth One day International he scored a match-winning 77 and in the fifth one an unbeaten 56.
In 2006 Collingwood was selected for both the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy squad and Ashes touring party. In the first innings of England Collingwood scored a career best 206 and at the same time shared a fourth wicket stand of 310 with Pietersen. In Ashes history he became just the 8th English double centurion and also the first in Australia after Wally Hammond had completed this feat in the 1930s. Despite the series ending with a 5–0 whitewash by Australia, Collingwood finished the series ranked 14th in the LG ICC World Rankings for Test batsmen.
In 2006 Collingwood scored over 1000 Test runs. In 2007 he scored a double century against Australia. He is the first player of the Durham county cricket club to score a Test century for England.