Paul Collingwood forced into the field as England adds injuries
The recent injury crisis forced the National Team to summon the 41-year-old player to rejoin the “white”, as in just three days the team lost Steven Finn (knee problems) and Jake Ball against a Cricket Australia XI.
This bad news adds up to the injuries of Tom Curran and Moeen Ali, which might be missing a few games. After this strain of bad luck, England currently has just 13 fit players available, a risky amount considering the schedule ahead.
Of those 13, Stuart Broad is being rested as they fear he might get injured again, and Gary Balance is on the Field replacing Jake Ball. In the other hand, the reserve wicketkeeper Ben Foakes is working in the nets.
Collingwood came to the team after James Vince came off through the middle session of this day-night contest. The veteran was stationed himself at mid-on, as he is in good shape as he keeps playing in the Durham in the County Championship.
The players in Australia have to show what they are made of at the first Test in Brisbane in a fortnight´s time. As Ball´s availability is still to be seen, as he was diagnosed by England´s team with a sprained right ankle after it buckled in his delivery stride shortly before lunch.
It’s a sensitive down for the team as he had already outperformed Craig Overton, his competitor for that place, in England’s opening match in Perth a few days ago. His injury is clearly a great blow to the tourists with the first Test only hours away.
Only time will say if one of the greatest midfielders in England´s history will be able to take the team on his back for the wins. One thing is for sure, every single spectator is waiting to see this legend back on the field, as the memories of his great catches versus Australia are still burnt in people´s mind, as one of the greatest plays in the “whites” history. His performance might be as good as your Irish Lotto Tickets chances to win, so get a grip and hold fast trusting that the 41-year-old veteran might bring home some joy.
Collingwood is also known as the Ashes 2017-18: England Coach, and for his impressive record of 4,259 runs in 68 matches. He also took a 4-22 bowling record versus Sri Lanka in 2006, even when he ended in the losing side that match. Collingwood was also chosen as one of the five Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007, with England teammate Monty Panesar.