World Cup: Collingwood takes field during warm-up game after multiple injury scares

The T20 World Cup winning captain came in as a substitute fielder against Australia as early as the 10th over after injuries to pacers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer

The England assistant coach has also coached Scotland and Durham in the past   -  Getty Images

Former skipper and current assistant coach Paul Collingwood was forced to take the ground as a substitute fielder after England pacers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer suffered injury scares in a warm-up game against Australia at Southampton.

The 42-year-old, who had led England to 2010 T20 World Cup title, walked out to field after both Mark Wood and his replacement Jofra Archer left the ground following injuries on Saturday.

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Wood walked off the field after suffering a hamstring injury while bowling his fourth over, whereas Archer left soon after injuring himself while fielding at the deep.

Collingwood, England’s fielding coach, was then seen running around on the ground wearing Wood’s World Cup jersey, giving ample display of his fitness.

Joe Root, who was rested for Saturday’s warm-up match, was also asked to take the field.

England captain Eoin Morgan was missing in action Saturday due to a finger injury suffered during a training session, while spinner Adil Rashid skipped the warm-up game due to a shoulder injury, leaving the hosts with no option but to bring Collingwood onto the field.

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Collingwood has played 197 ODIs for England between 2001 and 2011, amassing over 5,000 runs and snapping 111 wickets. He had also featured in 68 Tests and 36 T20Is for England.