• The Ashes 2010-11

Collingwood backed by Flower

ESPN Staff
December 30, 2010
Paul Collingwood has had a tough time in the Ashes series © Getty Images

Following the joy of retaining the Ashes, Paul Collingwood is a man under pressure due to his lack of runs but he has received the backing of coach Andy Flower.

Collingwood has scored just 70 runs at an average of 14 and his place at No. 5 has been a hot topic of debate. England resisted calls to bump Ian Bell up the order for the win at the MCG, but Collingwood is once again in the spotlight. The shadow of Eoin Morgan is looming large as the team head to Sydney, but the Durham man has the backing of his coach.

"I'm not over-concerned about Paul Collingwood," Flower said. "He's had a bit of a tough series. He got a couple of 90s in the first-class games, and looked in good order.

"His top score is a 40 in Adelaide, when again he looked in good order. But yes, his job is to score runs - like all of our batsmen - and he'll be looking to do that in Sydney.

"He's an experienced cricketer, a tough bloke - and he adds in all sorts of ways to our side. I don't feel tempted to experiment. People's careers are a very serious business, and you don't experiment with them."

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