Collingwood happy with England
Paul Collingwood may have a "tricky decision" ahead - but is determined to captain Durham this summer, irrespective of England commitments.
Collingwood, temporary assistant to England limited-overs coach and former team-mate Ashley Giles, has a seven-week appointment until the end of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
In early April, the three-time Ashes winner will then be back at Durham as the county champions try to defend their title with a bare-bones squad.
Giles will soon know much more about his own future - potentially Collingwood's too - because England are due to name a new head coach next month, in time for the international summer against Sri Lanka and India.
As limited-overs incumbent, Giles remains the front-runner - a status doubtless dependent to a degree on how England fare in three Twenty20 matches against world champions West Indies in Bridgetown and then in Bangladesh.
Collingwood's credentials will inevitably be tied in to those events.
But in any case, he has a prior commitment.
"I'm determined to play for Durham this summer," said the 37-year-old.
"Durham are down to the bare bones in terms of personnel, (so) to lose a captain would be a bit harsh at the last second."
As for the variables surrounding England's succession policy, in their period of transition after this winter's Ashes drubbing, Collingwood added: "These are ifs and buts, but I've got a seven-week contract - and I'm determined to play for Durham.
"We'll have to see who's head coach first of all.
"It would certainly be a tricky decision to make if that scenario came around."
In the present, he is delighted to be involved at international level again - having already made his mark in another short-term tenure by helping to guide Scotland to the next World Cup.
"It's great to get the three lions back on the shirt and representing them.
"I do enjoy being involved with the team, having the camaraderie and trying to develop players, pass on your experience."
England will begin their series in Barbados on Sunday after a heartening and much-needed 2-1 one-day international victory over the same opponents in Antigua.
"I sensed when I first came in a bit of a lack of confidence from what's happened over the winter," said Collingwood.
"But for them to bounce back, the way Rooty [Joe Root] and Jos (Buttler) played, was exceptional.
"Lumby [Michael Lumb] can take a lot of confidence from the way he's played - he and Mo (Ali) at the top, who haven't played one-day cricket, are having a real impact on the games.
"These guys look like they're ready for the fight again.
"It's amazing how quickly things can turn around."
Collingwood believes England's immediate task is to strike a balance on several fronts.
That confidence must be retained, which means they cannot afford to focus on specific preparation for Bangladesh at the cost of losing in different conditions here.
"It's going to be difficult to find a strategy that will work here in Barbados and also would work in Bangladesh as well.
"Personally, I think confidence is a key thing going into a world Twenty20 tournament.
"If you can go in with a few wins under your belt, I think that's more crucial than going in with the team that you think you're going to play."
The Kensington Oval will be no testing ground for Chittagong then.
"I think it would be quite dangerous to do that," said Collingwood.
He knows too that simply trying to reinvent the winning formula he had here at the 2010 World Twenty20, as England's only winning captain to date in a global competition, will not do.
"The game has changed a lot in those four years," he said.
"You would think it has got the same principles and the same strategies - but they wouldn't work in this game.
"I think we'd all agree, certainly from one to eight, they're a lot more powerful - and you have to come up with strategies to overcome that.
"The scores people are getting these days are a lot higher.
"Back then, we went on a nine-game unbeaten run - and the top score was 149 against us.
"That doesn't happen these days. The game has changed massively - for the better as well - and we have to come up with new strategies to overcome these powerful batsmen."
Giles may yet stand or fall by whether he is able to help meet those challenges.
"I'm sure he knows it's a trial seven weeks for him ... and we all want to do the best possible for him to get the job," said Collingwood.
"I guess the one big thing Ash has been genuine about since we got here is that all the decisions he's making aren't just a short-term thing - 'let's get this seven weeks right, and I'll keep my job'.
"He's trying to look further down the line. You take your hat off (to that), because he could have easily just said 'I'll look after these seven weeks, and we'll see what happens then'."