It is more than three years now since Collingwood last played for England, although judging by the 38-year-old’s impressive display with both bat and ball for the ROW on Saturday, the all-rounder could definitely still do a job for his country.
Collingwood, who still turns out for his county Durham, walked to the wicket with his team in all sorts of trouble after a devastating spell of bowling from Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal had reduced ROW to 68 for five.
However, Brigadier Block, as he was known during his England days, then shared in a stand of 131 with Yuvraj Singh for the sixth wicket, with Collingwood’s contribution a typically belligerent 40 from just 64 balls, including three fours.
Then, when it came to ROW’s turn to field, Collingwood turned out to be his side’s best bowler after recording outstanding figures of two for 25 from his seven overs, a spell that also featured two wickets in as many balls by the medium-pacer.
And not just any old victims either, but the prize scalps of both Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid, with the one-time India batting star castled first ball.