Determined Collingwood eyes promotion

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Paul Collingwood has admitted he does not want to bat at seven for England despite drawing some long-awaited confidence following his demotion down the order in the 21-run win in the fourth one-day international against Australia.

The veteran right-hander hit a run-a-ball 27 after his arrival in the late overs allowed him the chance to play with a freedom he has seldom displayed so far during a miserable tour with the bat.

Collingwood has averaged just 13.3 against Australia this winter, while his innings on Wednesday was the first time he had scored above 20 since the second Ashes Test, almost two months ago.

That run of form has seen Collingwood pushed out of the top-six during the current one-day series, which England trail 3-1, and potentially leave him relying on his medium pace to earn a place in the first- team ahead of the World Cup.

It is a situation that Collingwood is not completely comfortable with as he aims to prove his worth as a batsman first and foremost.

Asked if he could see himself batting at seven in the long-term, he replied: “Hopefully not. Hopefully I can get back into better form and gradually get back up the order. It is disappointing to go down to number seven but we have a number of guys who are in good form.

“The ideal thing for me would to go back up the order, but whatever way you can contribute to England winning you go out there and do it.

“I’m the first to admit that I haven’t been in great form and that’s my role (as a batsman) in the side. I’m trying every possible way to get back into good nick.

“I guess I was just happy to be in the side with the way that the form has been going with that bat. I feel as though I can do a fifth bowler role, I have done in the past. I’m just happy to be in the side and contributing well.”