Former England cricket ace Paul Collingwood picked up an honorary degree – and took a moment to hail his country’s dramatic opening Ashes victory as a “great advert” for the game.
The Durham cricketer, who received an honorary degree from Northumbria University, spoke after England edged a thrilling first Test at Trent Bridge by 14 runs.
Collingwood, 37, played in four Ashes series, receiving an MBE for his role in the dramatic 2005 triumph. And after bowing out of Test cricket following England’s win Down Under in 2010-11, he was delighted to see such a spectacle at this year’s series.
He said: “What can you say about that first Test? Full-house at Trent Bridge and just so much drama.”
Collingwood, who captained England to a T20 World Cup win in 2010 and described his 2011 Ashes win as, “the pinnacle of any cricketer’s career” was thrilled to accept his Doctor of Civil Law degree from Northumbria. He said: “It’s a proud day to receive this honour, particularly with my family in attendance. I would also like to thank the university for nominating me.”