Paul Collingwood to end 23-year professional cricket career at end of season

Durham captain and former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has decided to end his 23-year professional career at the end of the season.

Collingwood made his debut for his hometown county in 1996 and went on to feature in nearly 900 matches in all formats.

The 42-year-old, who has been described by Durham as their “greatest ever run scorer and most illustrious player”, will bring the curtain down in the club’s final County Championship fixture of the season against Middlesex later this month.

Collingwood said: “After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to announce my retirement from cricket at the end of the current season.”

Collingwood amassed 16,891 runs and 164 wickets in 304 first-class appearances and helped Durham to County Championship glory in 2008, 2009 and 2013.

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