Stewart backs Colly to play till he is 40

July 25th, 2010 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 25 (ANI): Former England captain Alec Stewart believes Paul Collingwood is showing all the signs he can play international cricket until he is 40 after a memorable year so far.Collingwood was the inspiration behind England lifting the World Twenty20 title in the Caribbean back in May and even hit the winning runs against Australia in the final.

The Durham all-rounder has since gone onto to become England’s all-time leading one-day run scorer with 4843, overtaking Stewart - following an innings of 48 in the second of five matches against the Aussies last month.

According to the News of The World, at 34, Collingwood - who made his international one-day debut in 2001 and Test bow two years later - is the oldest player across all three England squads.Stewart - a holder of 133 Test and 170 one-day caps - himself retired from international cricket just after turning 40 and is adamant Collingwood can more than do the same.

“I used to say age is just a number, if you are good enough, you are young enough and you are old enough and while Paul is playing like he is, he could play for another six years if he wanted,” said Stewart - who was captain when Collingwood made his one-day debut against Pakistan nine years ago.

“He is 34 but he is as fit as anyone. He might only want to play for two more years, but the way he is playing at the moment - you never want to give that away,” he added. (ANI)

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