Colly cool over Strauss quit talk

Andrew Strauss has not spoken to Paul Collingwood about any plans to retire from one-day international cricket after this World Cup.

Collingwood is himself perhaps approaching a likely watershed in his international career after an England record 197 ODI appearances, but echoing similar remarks by England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris, the Durham player made it clear no such subjects have been on the agenda in the thick of the World Cup.

"Not at all," he said, when asked if Strauss had spoken to him on the topic.

England's entertaining but frustrating campaign so far has left them almost certainly needing to beat West Indies on Thursday in their final Group B match to avoid another early departure from a competition they have yet to win after nine previous attempts.

"The one thing we have been talking about is how we win this game coming up. That kind of stuff [retirement chat] has not been around."

Strauss, England captain in the Test and ODI formats, has played 125 times for his country in the latter.

Unlike Collingwood, who retired from Tests at the end of England's Ashes success this winter, Strauss has been in fine batting form.

"Over the past few years, he has played some excellent cricket," said Collingwood. "A lot could happen in this World Cup, so we will have to wait and see the results in the last four games."

As for the chances of Strauss retiring, he replied: "I would be surprised. Obviously what we do can be stressful at times, but I always say 'keep things in perspective'.

"There are worse things to be doing in life. From the flip side, the older you get, the more kids you have, the goalposts do slightly change in terms of your outlook. But you have to keep things in perspective, and what we actually do is fantastic. It's a privilege to be able to do it."