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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Collingwood plans long Test run
Paul Collingwood
Collingwood celebrated his maiden Test century in Nagpur
Paul Collingwood says he is prepared to fight to keep his England Test place.

The Durham all-rounder is set to be named in the starting XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

But once England captain Michael Vaughan returns from injury there will be competition for batting places with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.

"I've been in plenty of England squads and not had the opportunity until now and I want to take that with both hands," Collingwood told BBC Sport.

"I played five Test matches over the winter and it went really well for me.

"I want to continue with that and establish myself as a Test cricketer. I want to cement my place in the Test team."

Collingwood has played eight Test matches for England since 2003 but only became a regular last winter and scored his maiden century against India in Nagpur.

They will again be captained by Andrew Flintoff against Sri Lanka at Lord's and Collingwood said he believed the Lancashire star relished the extra workload.

"Freddie did really well when he captained England in India at short notice and he took the opportunity with gusto," said Collingwood.

"He's a great captain, he's done really well in the position and he enjoyed it.

"It wasn't a chore for him. People have been concerned about the workload it has given him but he seems to thrive on it."




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