The campaign to get Paul Collingwood into England’s Ashes squad

Photo by Sarah Ansell

What else does nostalgia prove, if not that everything was better in the past?

Let’s do the who, the what and the why.

Who?

Paul Collingwood.

Paul is 41 and hasn’t played Test cricket for England since 2011, so the first thing to say in favour of his selection is that it would be heart-warmingly, life-affirmingly optimistic.

What?

Selection for the Ashes. We want Paul Collingwood in England’s Ashes squad. We want him to play in the Ashes.

It looks like there might be an opening for an all-rounder, but frankly he’s a far better bat than most of the lads they’re taking anyway, so we feel he should be included in the squad as a specialist.

That really is the nub of it: there’s no-one else better.

Why?

Collingwood hit three hundreds and averaged 60 in the County Championship this year. James Vince averaged 30 and he’s in the squad.

Also, he’s just ace.

They wouldn’t even need to book another flight as he’s going anyway as part of the coaching staff. His selection would therefore be cost effective.

There is, quite simply, no way that this is a bad idea.

In summary

Paul Collingwood MUST be added to England’s Ashes squad because…

  1. His selection would be heart-warmingly, life-affirmingly optimistic
  2. It would also be cost effective
  3. There’s no-one else better
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21 Appeals

  1. Full stops are not yet part of nostalgia, are they? P. S. Similar genre, similar generation. What do we think of Yuvraj Singh and his in/ex – clusion from India limited overs teams? P. P. S – can’t hurt.

  2. You haven’t suddenly started counting second division runs, have you, KC?

    How is that going to pan out when Nick Gubbins, Sam Robson, Nick Compton, John Simpson, Stevie Eskinazi and others score countless runs next season?

    It’s a shame you strayed down that path, because the rest of your argument was spot on.

  3. King Cricket

    October 10, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Sshh.

  4. #collingwoodin

    There’s probably a joke in there somewhere.

  5. What’s with the comma in the opening sentence KC?

  6. I like an article that comes with a proper Sarah Ansell photo, not one lifted from the telly.

  7. If we’re counting second division runs, I will again suggest Mark Cosgrove. Scored more runs than Collingwood, playing for a substantially worse side.

    Got more experience of playing in Australia than any other option.

  8. http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/20999394/ireland-confirm-pakistan-first-test-opponents

    Anyone else a bit disappointed it wasn’t England? Would have been a nice gesture from the ECB, though I suppose it’s always going to be tricky to fit Ireland into an English summer if other opposition are more financially attractive – and the economics make it essentially pointless for England to go off touring in the Irish summer…

    • King Cricket

      October 12, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Should definitely have been England. On the doorstep and the match would have attracted wider interest.

      We’re excited to see an Ireland v Pakistan Test though.

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