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It’s been a great ride but now is the time to stop, admits emotional Colly

PAUL COLLINGWOOD says the time is right to retire after announcing he is bringing down the curtain on his 23-year career.

The all-rounder, 42, who captained England to their only global title — the World T20 in 2010 — has revealed Durham’s final County Championship fixtures at Leicestershire and at home to Middlesex will be his last. He made his first-class debut for his hometown county in 1996 and his superlative career has encompassed nearly 900 matches in all formats, including 68 Tests, 197 ODIs and 36 international T20s.

He was described by Durham as their ‘greatest-ever runscorer and most illustrious player’.

Collingwood (pictured), a three-time Ashes winner whose Test best score of 206 was in Adelaide in 2006, said: ‘All I ever wanted to do when I was a kid was play cricket and to be able to do it professionally over many years has literally been a dream come true. It’s been a great ride.

‘I can safely say I’ve got every single ounce of talent out of my body over the years and I can hang my boots up and be quite proud of what we’ve achieved as a county and what I’ve achieved as a player.

‘It was emotional telling the boys I am retiring but I’ve no regrets.’