Collingwood: This may be my last Test



Paul Collingwood, the England all-rounder, has admitted the on-going fifth Ashes Test match in Sydney could be his last.

England's No 5 batsman has struggled throughout the series, scoring just 70 runs at a paltry average of 14.

So lean has been his run over the last 12 months that Andrew Flintoff, his former teammate, called for him to be replaced by Eoin Morgan, the reserve batsman, ahead of the fifth match.

But while England's Twenty20 captain was given a lifeline, he said yesterday that he would be willing to reconsider his long-term future in the longer version of the game.

"On a personal level, this is a big week for me in Sydney. I'm at the crossroads and what happens in the final Test may well determine what direction I go in," he told the Daily Mail.

"I'm sure by the end of this Test I'll know more myself and be better able to judge what the general feeling is in terms of where I am as a Test player and the contribution I can still make to the England team in future and what is the best way forward.

"I understand the arguments 100 per cent and I understand there are other batsmen after my spot," the 34 year old said.

"And the bottom line is that, at my age, if you're not scoring runs yourself, you don't deserve a place in the side.

"If this does turn out to be my last Test match. If, after this week, the selectors come to me and say it's time to go or I felt that myself, I'd leave very proud of what I've contributed to the England cricket team."

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