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Knowing where to pick up singles is very important
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood tells the Academy about preparing and building a big innings out in the middle.



Paul Collingwood


I've got my own little routine before I go out to bat.

I tend to put my left pad on first - I don't know if that's a superstition - you have to put a pad on a leg at some time!

The most important thing is it makes me feel comfortable.

Paul Collingwood puts his left pad on first
The left pad on first, of course!

Having a few throwdowns before the start of a game also helps me in my preparations.

I'll get someone to throw me a few half volleys to get me playing off my front foot and 20 or so under arms to hit straight.

Then I'll get throws into the chest area so I can play off my back foot.

The idea is to hit the ball down rather than spoon it in the air straight into danger.

It's also good a good way for scoring quick singles in the one day game, dropping the ball in positions where I can pick up runs.


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Paul David Collingwood factfile
Born: 26 May 1976, Shotley Bridge, County Durham
Teams: Durham, England
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
England Test debut: Sri Lanka at Galle, 1st Test 2003
England one-day debut: Pakistan at Edgbaston, NatWest Series 2001


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