Collingwood seizes place in history

collingwoodIt would almost be an affront to Paul Collingwood’s modesty to couple his name with those of England’s greatest players: Walter Hammond, Jock Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes.

That he earned a place in that illustrious pantheon with a double century on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday failed to convince him that the name Collingwood will resound with the same resonance in cricket history.

As Collingwood reached 206 on Saturday and formed a 354-minute, 310-run fourth wicket partnership with Kevin Pietersen, he passed a series of milestones which bore the names of the legends of England’s game.

He had no time during his innings of more than six and a half hours to consider the depth of his foray into cricket history and when he learned later of the many records he had achieved, he received the news with mild surprise.

“I just hear about half an hour ago,” he said. “It’s a nice feeling. It’s been a good day,” he remarked.

Collingwood became the first Englishman to score a double century in Australia since Walter Hammond 70 years ago, only the third to do so since the sides first met, and his total was the highest for England at Adelaide, surpassing Jack Hobbs’ 187 in 1911.

His partnership with Pietersen left the wreckage of several other records in its wake. It was the second-highest by an England pair in Australia, surpassed only by Hobbs’ and Wilfred Rhodes’ 323 at Melbourne in 1911.

It was the highest for England’s fourth wicket against Australia, beating Graham Thorpe and Nasser Hussein’s 288 in 1997, and it was the largest stand by an England pair at Adelaide, exceeding 262 by Hammond and Douglas Jardine in 1928.

Collingwood found himself in that exalted company, and seemed almost abashed. He admitted he had a nervous night after being left 98 not out at the end of Friday’s first day, yet convinced that if he reached three figures he could go on to a substantial score.

“I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. I felt like I was up every 20 minutes,” he said. “I turned up today needing two runs for my century and I wanted to get the century first, then go after a big one. “That was the disappointment at Brisbane. I knew if I could get past three figures I could get a big one. That was why I was focused today on three figures,” he added.

Source:The News

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