Collingwood the obvious choice for vice-captaincy role

February 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

Paul Collingwood has been selected as vice-captain for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh. England’s Twenty20 leader will assist temporary captain Alistair Cook as he leads the team in the absence of the rested Andrew Strauss.

England will play two Tests and three one day internationals in Bangladesh, starting with the first ODI on February 28th. Collingwood will play second fiddle to Cook during these matches.

This means that Collingwood will become Test or ODI captain should Cook be injured at any point during the tour. This is one reason why Collingwood was the only choice for the vice-captaincy role.

Strauss is the full-time captain, Cook is the temporary captain and Collingwood is Twenty20 captain. There is a big enough list of captains as it is, so it couldn’t be added to. Had Kevin Pietersen or another England player been given the nod as vice-captain it would have been yet another leader for the team.

For a country that is looking to really push on in international cricket, they need some consistency when it comes to captaincy. So this wouldn’t have been ideal. Therefore, to move Twenty20 skipper Collingwood into the role of captain should Cook be injured means that everything is as consistent as it can be in the circumstances.

The Durham man is one of England’s most experienced players too, so can give Cook some advice along the way. Having said that, he won’t want to take on too much responsibility.

Collingwood resigned as ODI captain a couple of years ago after admitting that it was affecting his own personal form for England. Since then, he has taken the Twenty20 captaincy on and will now act as vice-captain for the Bangladesh tour.

With this in mind, it might have been a case of needs must for the vice-captaincy. Who else was going to do it? Controversial former skipper Pietersen? New boy Jonathan Trott? Inconsistent Ian Bell?

Collingwood was the obvious choice, no doubt about that and he should perform well in the role. When Cook needs someone to talk to, he can go to the experienced batsman.

The Essex opener will want to put his own stamp on the series though and put his name in the hat to be a permanent captain of England one day. Therefore, it might well be that Collingwood’s involvement is minimal, something which may suit a man that will want to focus continuing his fine form with the bat.

Regardless of who takes charge of the team the England Test match betting suggests they should beat Bangladesh easily.

Meanwhile, in horse racing news, Denman and Kauto Star continue to dominate the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting ahead of their clash on March 19th.


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