Collingwood dismisses Warne comments
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:PD Collingwood, SK Warne
Event:ICC World Twenty20 2009

DateLine: 11th June 2009


England T20 skipper Paul Collingwood laughed off criticism of his captaincy from the leg-spin wizard Shane Warne.


The all-rounder said he knew there would be a lot of this happening this summer and he was ready to face it.


Warne, writing in his column in the Times newspaper, dismissed Collingwood's captaincy credentials during the T20 World Championship.


But Collingwood, whose next test as skipper would be on Thursday as his side faces South Africa at Trent Bridge in their first Super Eight game, brushed off Warne's comments and admitted of his expectations of far more once his adversary becomes part of Sky TV's commentary team for the much awaited Ashes this summer.


"Listen, I'm going to get a lot of stick off him this summer - I know that for a fact," said Collingwood.


"I haven't got any comeback against him now because he's in the media so I can't actually sledge him back.


"We had a ding dong out in the middle of the last Ashes series and I'm the kind of person who wants to compete with him, I want to win and whether he likes that I don't know.


"I'm going to get plenty more off him this summer but I'll just have to grin and bear it because I can't say anything back to him now."


Warne, had earlier in the 2005 Ashes questioned whether Collingwood should have received an MBE for playing in only one match of the 2005 Ashes series during England's tour Down Under two years ago. This time though he wrote that he does not see Collingwood as a skipper.


"Tactically, I haven't been too impressed with Paul Collingwood...I don't see him as a captain.


"You need to get funky at times, throw a bit of caution to the wind and show a bit of flair and imagination. I don't think that Collingwood has that. His fielding positions always seem a little basic to me."


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