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West Indies vs England 1st ODI at Antigua: Paul Collingwood back as England’s 12th man

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Paul Collingwood (above) replaced England assistant coach and fielding specialist Richard Halsall © Getty Images

Feb 28, 2014

When Paul Collingwood had taken up a role as a member of the England coaching side in their build-up to the World Cup, little did he realise that he will have to play a bigger role as a part of the England side.

With an injury-stricken England were down to 11 men against West Indies for the first One-Day International (ODI) at North Sound on Friday, Collingwood, ace fielder in his heydays, had to fill in as a stopgap 12th man.

However, there was a catch: International Cricket Council (ICC) mentions that it is mandatory for the  12th man to wear a team jersey, even if the jersey does not carry a name.

Desperate for a solution, Collingwood asked a fan in the stands for his shirt, to which the fan happily agreed: having acquired the shirt, Collingwood walked peacefully to the English pavilion, waiting for an emergency situation.

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