Collingwood committed to Durham

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PAUL Collingwood has confirmed his commitment to Scotland for the next month and to Durham next summer amid calls for him to be handed an England role.

His old friend Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, has suggested the Durham skipper should be drafted in after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

Even though he has hardly any coaching experience, there has been speculation that Collingwood might be the next England batting coach on the grounds that the logical successor to Graham Gooch, Graham Thorpe, does not want to tour.

Vaughan even suggested Collingwood could lift morale in time for the one-day series in Australia, which begins on Sunday.

However, Collingwood, who captained England to World T20 victory in 2010, insists he will not be quitting his role as Scotland's joint interim coach.

He is in New Zealand with the Scots as they prepare to launch their bid to qualify for the 50-over World Cup next week and Collingwood told the Glasgow Herald: "I'm enjoying my role with Scotland.

"I've got a month with them in New Zealand and hopefully I can help make them better cricketers and they can learn a lot from me. I'd welcome a call from England when the time is right and it would be very hard to turn them down but I still have another year on my Durham contract."

Scotland open their campaign against Hong Kong in Queenstown next Monday. They must finish in the top two of the 10-team event to reach next year's World Cup.

Collingwood is clearly highly thought of in England circles and enhanced his reputation by guiding Durham to the county title last summer after taking over the reins when they had failed to win any of their first ten games in 2012.

He has said next season will be his final one as a player and Durham will hope that he gains some coaching and management experience with them before moving on to higher things.

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