In his 68 match Test career, Paul Collingwood offered the whole package as a player. He scored 4,246 runs, took 16 wickets, and 97 catches. But his figures do not do justice to a man who earned the respect of all he played with. Nicknamed Brigadier Block, he will be remembered for his ability to remain at the crease for long periods of time, his excellent ability in the field, and his character and presence within the team.
DEC 03: Collingwood makes his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle. His 36 from 153 balls helped England cling on to a draw, and was a perfect example of the type of innings he would become famed for, earning him the nickname ‘Brigadier Block’.
SEPT 05: He took part in the decisive final Test of the home Ashes series, helping secure a draw to win the series 2-1. He scored only 17 in what was his third Test match for England in almost two years, and his first against Australia, but he was awarded an MBE along with the rest of the squad.
MAR 06: Collingwood scores his maiden Test century in his sixth Test for England, 134* against India at Nagpur.
DEC 06: Collingwood scores his career high, 206, in the second Test at Adelaide. Despite amassing 551 in their first innings, England went on to lose the Test, and experience a 5-0 drubbing in the series.
MAY/JUNE 07: Collingwood makes two more Test centuries in the 3-0 series win against the West Indies in England
AUG 08: After a poor home series against New Zealand, Collingwood resigns as ODI captain, concerned that it was affecting his form.
JULY 09: In perhaps his most famous innings, Collingwood blocks out for almost six hours at Cardiff, to save England from what looked a certain Australian victory in the first Ashes Test. His 74 came from 245 balls, and ensured that Anderson and Monty only had to survive 66 balls to the close. England went on to win the Ashes 2-1, although Collingwood managed on 112 more runs in the series.
DEC 09: Brigadier Block rules again, batting for two and a half hours against South Africa at Centurion for an unbeaten 26, to draw the match for England.
JAN 10: On the same tour, he performed a similar function, batting for four and a half hours to ensure another draw. South Africa went on to win last Test, drawing the series one all.
MAR 10: In his last big score in Test cricket, Collingwood makes 145 against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Since then, he has scored 131 runs in 14 innings at 13.83.
DEC 10: Collingwood has a poor Ashes series with the bat, scoring just 70 in the first four Test matches, but the England team celebrate retaining the Ashes for the first time abroad in 24 years.
JAN 11: Collingwood announces his retirement from Test cricket, with effect from the end of final Ashes test at the SCG. He bowls Mike Hussey with his final ball of the first innings, but makes just 13 with the bat.