Paul Collingwood is one tough cookie and his thirst for the battle was perhaps best exemplified by the starring role he played in the three great escapes at Cardiff in 2009, Centurion the same year and Cape Town at the start of 2010.
Collingwood’s refusal to lie down and accept defeat provided the shining example for other unlikely batting heroes like Graham Onions, Monty Panesar and James Anderson to draw inspiration from.
The Ginger Ninja’s appetite for a fight shines through in a frank and revealing interview with Spin Cricket where he speaks of his immense disappointment at losing the T20 captaincy and his target of a recall to the England limited overs squads.
Most 35 year olds who had just been dropped from a side rebuilding for a World Cup in four years time would bow down to the inevitable and admit defeat.
But not Collingwood who like Henry V at Agincourt just sees this as yet another overwhelming battle against the odds that he will win.
Cry God for Colly, England and St George – England’s ultimate cricket warrior is up for the fight again.
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