England had to use the services of former cricketer and assistant coach Paul Collingwood during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up match against rivals Australia at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Collingwood was forced to take the field after injuries to fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. England vs Australia Cricket Score 3rd Warm-up ODI Match.
England are already sweating over captain Eoin Margan, who injured his left index finger during a practice session. Apart from Morgan, spinner Adil Rashid is also suffering from a shoulder injury.
Now with Archer and Wood’s injury, England will be concerned with the opening match of the 2019 World Cup against South Africa just a few days away. After Collingwood took to the field, fans reacted about it on Twitter as well. ENG vs AUS Live Cricket Score of ICC World Cup 2019 Warm-up Match Updates.
Hmmm...!!! Look there... Paul Collingwood back on fielding with England jersy...!!! #Best_Fielder_Ever At backward point.... Thanks To @ICC @cricketworldcup @cricbuzz @englandcricket pic.twitter.com/o0uk75UiVP
— Sachin Narayankar (@NeneSachinN) May 25, 2019
44 year old Paul Collingwood who just had an eye operation came out as a substitute fielder for England pic.twitter.com/3ODKOMKYlv
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) May 25, 2019
Paul Collingwood back out on the field for England 😍😍
This is like when old school wrestlers come out at the Royal Rumble
— Toby Tarrant (@tobytarrant) May 25, 2019
Meanwhile, Australia opted to bat first against England in the practice match. The defending champions lost skipper Aaron Finch early on and then David Warner and Shaun Marsh added 62 runs for the second wicket.
England then struck twice quickly with Liam Plunkett removing both Warner and Marsh. Warner scored 43 off 55 balls while Marsh chipped in with 30 off 44 balls. At the time of writing this story, Australia had lost three wickets and Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja were at the crease.