Collingwood to create 'fun' factor
Paul Collingwood has hinted he may be about to help put some fun back into playing for England when he begins his stint as assistant coach next week.
Triple Ashes winner Collingwood was appointed on Wednesday in a temporary role as part of the management structure under limited-overs coach Ashley Giles.
The two former team-mates will be reunited for England's short tour of the West Indies and the ICC World Twenty20 which immediately follows in Bangladesh.
Collingwood, 37, told Sky Sports News: "I am looking forward to getting over there.
"I guess at the moment, the one area where I can help straightaway is in trying to create a more relaxed and fun environment."
For the all-rounder, who led Durham to last year's LV= County Championship title, it will be a return to the scene of perhaps his own greatest triumph - having been England captain in the Caribbean back in 2010 when they won the World Twenty20, still this country's only global trophy to date.
Collingwood hopes to try to lighten the mood, but sacrifice none of the work ethic, in his new guise for England.
There were suggestions, as England descended to a miserable Ashes whitewash in Australia this winter, that an intense atmosphere had taken hold.
That was denied by team director Andy Flower before his resignation from that role last month.
Collingwood added: "You play your best cricket when you're having a bit of fun.
"Obviously we are going to be doing a lot of hard work as well, but if the lads can go out feeling as confident as possible it is a crucial factor."
Michael Vaughan, Giles' and eventually Collingwood's captain in the famous 2005 Ashes triumph, is confident the England and Wales Cricket Board's latest appointment will pay off.
After their 2013/14 Ashes trouncing, England also lost back-to-back limited-overs series in Australia under Giles.
Flower's departure and the controversial axing of all-time record run-scorer Kevin Pietersen have since followed.
England expect to name a permanent successor to Flower - in charge of the team in all three formats - in April.
Vaughan wrote in his Daily Telegraph column: "Appointing Paul Collingwood as assistant coach to Ashley Giles for the one-day series in the West Indies and the World T20 in Bangladesh is a positive step.
"At the moment it is only a temporary appointment, but I am certain that whoever takes over from Andy Flower as England's new team director will want Collingwood by his side.
"English cricket is in a dark place, and I cannot think of a better character to help the recovery.
"He is a good person, has a very sharp cricket brain and is exactly what English cricket needs at the moment.
"Colly loves cricket, he feeds off it, but he does not take things too seriously and has a good sense of humour - which helps him to keep things in perspective.
"He has come through some tough tests of character, so his appointment as assistant to Giles is the right decision by England."