Collingwood hints at retirement

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Former England captain Paul Collingwood has suggested next year will be his last in first-class cricket.

Former England captain Paul Collingwood has suggested next year will be his last in first-class cricket.

Collingwood, who captain Durham to the County Championship Division One title this year, played 35 T20Is, 68 Tests and 197 ODIs between June 2011 and March 2011.

"I am enjoying myself; I have one year left on my contract and I would have thought that would be it after that," he told the ECB website.

"There was a long list of things throughout the season that just seemed to gel the team more together really.

"Once we got the momentum and the confidence it was hard stopping us. Whatever the situation, we just seemed to find a way to win. It was a really special achievement this summer."

The 37-year-old all-rounder is currently working alongside Scotland head coach Peter Steindl, fielding coach Toby Bailey and bowling coach Craig Wright – in a bid to see the minnow nation qualify for the 2014 World Twenty20 and 2015 World Cup.

"Coaching is always the role I have always fancied but you have got to experience it, which is why I am doing this job with Scotland through the winter," added Collingwood.

Erstwhile England seamers Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard and Simon Jones retired from first-class cricket earlier this year.

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