County Championship: Durham legend Paul Collingwood announces retirement
Paul Collingwood has scored a club-record 16,444 runs and claimed 164 wickets in 304 first-class games with Durham. @Getty

Former England allrounder  Paul Collingwood will retire from cricket at the end of the 2018 county cricket season, his club Durham has announced.

Collingwood, 42, will play his final match for Durham in the County Championship against Middlesex at Riverside from September 24, bringing to an end a domestic career that began 23 years ago. The former England allrounder has scored a club-record 16,444 runs and claimed 164 wickets in 304 first-class games with Durham.

In addition, Collingwood scored 6,007 runs and took 158 wickets for Durham in List A cricket and 1297 runs and 70 wickets in T20s.

“After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to announce my retirement from cricket at the end of the current season,” Collingwood said in a statement.  “I knew this day would eventually come but it hasn’t made it any easier – although it’s an emotional decision, I know that the time is right and I’m comfortable knowing that I have given every last ounce of energy to the sport.

“I have achieved so much with both Durham and England; far more than I ever imagined and I feel extremely privileged to have had such a long and rewarding career. It has been an honour to represent Durham County Cricket Club for the last 23 years and I would like to thank the staff, coaches, team mates and members for their tremendous support and for making my career so enjoyable. I am excited about what the future holds for me and am looking forward to new challenges.”

Paul Collingwood is Durham's all-time leading run-getter.
Paul Collingwood is Durham’s all-time leading run-getter. @Getty

Collingwood played his first match for Durham in 1996, and went on to represent England in 68 Test matches, 197 ODIs and 36 T20Is. In 2010, he became the first England captain to win an ICC title, overseeing a title run in the West Indies where England won the World T20.

Following his retirement from international cricket in 2011, Collingwood led Durham to the County Championship in 2013 and then proved a key figure in the club’s Royal London One-Day Cup victory at Lord’s in 2014.

In 2017, at the age of 31, Collingwood was named Durham’s 2017 Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Batsman of the Year. Post retirement, said the club, Collingwood will be taking up a coaching role.

“Paul is one of the greatest all-rounders to ever grace the game of cricket and to have him playing at Durham, his home county, for all these years has been an absolute privilege,” said Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham. “Both on and off the field he has class, intelligence and charm and it is a testament to his incredible commitment and work ethic that he has been able to compete at the top level for the amount of time that he has. Colly is Mr Durham and it will be very strange without him, but on behalf of myself and everyone at Durham County Cricket Club, I would like to wish him the very best in whatever the future holds.”