Collingwood brushes aside Warne taunts
Paul Collingwood insisted he was ready for any taunts he might
receive from Shane Warne during the course of an Ashes season after the
Australia leg-spin great questioned the all-rounder's captaincy.
Warne has been anything but impressed by the way in which Durham
all-rounder Collingwood, captaining hosts England at the World Twenty20
while Test skipper Andrew Strauss sits out the series, has been leading
Collingwood, who 'sledged' Warne during England's 2006/07 Ashes
series defeat in Australia, said he was ready for any stick the
Australia star, who has now retired from international cricket, might
send his way in his role as a commentator for Sky Television.
"Listen, I'm going to get a lot of stick off him this summer - I know
that for a fact," Collingwood, who will lead England in their Super
Eights opener against South Africa at Trent Bridge on Thursday, said.
"I haven't got any comeback against him now because he's in the media
so I can't actually sledge him back.
"We had a ding-dong out in the middle of the last Ashes series and
I'm the kind of person who wants to compete with him, I want to win and
whether he likes that I don't know.
"I'm going to get plenty more off him this summer but I'll just have
to grin and bear it because I can't say anything back to him now."
Warne, who queried whether Collingwood should have received an MBE
(Member of the Order of the British Empire) for playing in just one Test
of England's 2005 Ashes winning series, wrote in his column on Wednesday
in Britain's Times newspaper: "Tactically, I haven't been too impressed
with Paul Collingwood. I don't see him as a captain.
"You need to get funky at times, throw a bit of caution to the wind
and show a bit of flair and imagination. I don't think that Collingwood
His fielding positions always seem a little basic to me."
LONDON, June 10, 2009 (AFP)