Paul Collingwood retires from all cricket after a glittering career for England and Durham

PAUL COLLINGWOOD has announced he will retire from all cricket at the end of the season after a glittering career for England and Durham.

The star all-rounder, 42, won three Ashes series during his illustrious career and is still the only player to lead England to a World Cup crown.

 Paul Collingwood has announced he will retire from cricket this month

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Paul Collingwood has announced he will retire from cricket this month

Collingwood was in charge during the Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies in 2010 when England triumphed over old enemies Australia.

All in all, Collingwood played in 68 Tests for England, notching ten centuries including a glorious 206 against the Aussies in the 2006-07 Ashes series.

The Durham star averaged a superb 40.56 with the bat for his 4,259 Test runs, while taking 17 wickets with his part-time medium pacers.

Collingwood also played 197 ODIs for his country, scoring over 5,000 runs and taking 111 wickets to boot.

 Paul Collingwood is the only player to lead England to World Cup glory

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Paul Collingwood is the only player to lead England to World Cup glory
 Paul Collingwood scored a glorious double-ton in the 2006-07 Ashes

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Paul Collingwood scored a glorious double-ton in the 2006-07 Ashes

The all-rounder is now set to hang up his spikes at the end of the summer after 22 years of playing professionally after making his County Championship debut in 1996.

Collingwood will bow out of the sport later this month, with his final match set to be the clash with Middlesex, starting on September 24.

Announcing his decision, Colly said: "To be able to play a sport I have loved from the first time I picked up a bat at the age of three, and play professionally and at one club, I am very proud.

"To have won some of those trophies, the Ashes and the Championship here at Durham, it has been a dream come true. It is great to reflect on those things.

 Paul Collingwood also led Durham to County Championship glory

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Paul Collingwood also led Durham to County Championship glory
 Paul Collingwood scored over 16,000 first-class runs during his career

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Paul Collingwood scored over 16,000 first-class runs during his career

"I could have kept going on but everybody has a shelf life. It just feels that now is the time."

From boyhood club Durham – where he won the 2013 County Championship – to international glory with England, Collingwood amassed an incredible 16,891 runs in first-class cricket.

But his influence, either with his exceptional fielding, superb leadership or ability to adapt to any given batting situation cannot be underestimated.

In a month where Alastair Cook retiring and James Anderson's record-setting feat stole the headlines, Collingwood's impression on his sport should not be forgotten.

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PAUL COLLINGWOOD has announced he will retire from all cricket at the end of the season after a glittering career for England and Durham.