Collingwood called up for second Test

UPDATE: August 3, he’s been released to Durham. So Giles will play, and England field an unchanged team for the second Test

Paul Collingwood has been called up by England for the second Test, to increase their options.

David Graveney, the chairman of selectors, said: “It has been well documented that Birmingham has experienced unusually large amounts of rainfall in the last few days and this has put the ground authorities under extreme pressure. Having looked at the pitch it has been decided to add Collingwood to the squad so that England will have the maximum number of options available on match day.”

In other words: it’s been chucking it down, the pitch will do a lot, and they will need as many runs as possible (at the expense of Mr Giles, one presumes). More at Cricinfo.

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