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Collingwood would love another few overs with Scotland

Paul Collingwood, England's former one-day international captain, would like the chance to help embarrass his countrymen at next year's Cricket World Cup, according to the man he worked with in helping Scotland qualify for the tournament.

Along with Craig Wright - Scotland's caretaker head coach for today's match with England in Aberdeen - the Durham captain played a huge part in picking up the pieces after Scotland's surprise exit from the T20 World Cup in the first part of the winter which led to the departure of then head coach Pete Steindl.

Their subsequent success in winning the qualifying tournament for next year's full 50-overs World Cup in January represented a remarkable turnaround.

Grant Bradburn, Scotland's new head coach, arrived from his native New Zealand this week and will work with the existing backroom staff, but he has been told he has scope to bring in extra help and Wright told Herald Sport that Collingwood wants to continue to contribute.

"It's obviously up to Grant to decide what supplementary coaches he wants to use, but Paul was a huge contributor to what happened in January and got very attached to the team, so he feels he'd love to be involved," said the former Scotland captain.

The relationship was reinforced when a Scotland A team visited Durham last week. "He had us round for a barbecue and told us he's massively keen if required to help out in whatever way he can next winter. I'm sure he'd be a valuable addition as he was this winter," said Wright.

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