Collingwood: New England world T20 captain

LONDON: Paul Collingwood was Friday appointed as England's captain for next month's World Twenty20 tournament, less than a year after standing down as one-day skipper.

The 32-year-old Durham all-rounder quit the one-day role last August on the same day Michael Vaughan announced he was stepping down from the Test leadership, citing concerns it was affecting his form.

His short limited-overs reign was dogged by controversy - he upheld an appeal for a run-out against New Zealand after a mid-pitch collision and was then banned for a slow over rate last summer.

England were also outclassed by their opponents in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, at which they were led by Collingwood.

But with Test and ODI captain Andrew Strauss not considered either by himself, or the England management, to be suited to the shortest version of the game, the selectors were forced to go back to Collingwood.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "The captaincy is always a difficult decision but we felt that was the right one. We thought long and hard about it and in the end we came up with Paul Collingwood, and I'm sure we've got that right."