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Paul Collingwood named England interim head coach for West Indies Test series

Paul Collingwood has been appointed as England's interim men's head coach for the three-match Test series against West Indies in March.

Paul Collingwood

England’s former head coach Chris Silverwood left his role as head coach last week following a heavy Ashes defeat.

This defeat followed a disappointing run seeing England win only one of their past 14 Tests.

Former all-rounder Collingwood took charge of England's 3-2 Twenty20 series defeat in the Caribbean last month – and has now been named as interim head coach for the upcoming test series.

England will arrive in Antigua on 25 February and will play a four-day warm-up match starting on 1 March followed by three Tests from March 8th to 28th.

Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 ODIs and 36 T20s for England - leading them to the 2010 World Twenty20 title.

Joe Root will remain as Test captain, with Ben Stokes as vice-captain.

"Having a challenging Test series against the West Indies straight off the back of the Ashes disappointment gives us a chance from now to reset and rebuild,"

said Collingwood.

"My objective is to give players clarity, direction and encouragement for them to start building something special.

"I have spoken to Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and both are excited and passionate to take the team forward in this new cycle."

"Although they know it won't be easy, they have the desire and bravery to do things differently to ensure the team can prosper."

"We have an opportunity to get back on track.”

England’s Test squad is set to be announced on Tuesday. (BBC Sport)

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