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As cricket fever takes over the North East ahead of the Ashes test matches at Durham next month, Paul Collingwood has put forward his prediction.
The former England cricketer and Captain of Durham was collecting his honorary degree from the University of Northumbria and he could not resist talking about the Ashes.
Students at the University of Northumbria were joined by an England and Durham cricket star at their graduation ceremony. Paul Collingwood MBE was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law in recognition of his sporting achievements.
Paul Collingwood MBE received an honorary degree at the University of Northumbria, and couldn't resist talking about the Ashes.
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North East cricketer Paul Collingwood is receiving his honorary degree from the Northumbria University.
The 37-year-old posed for the cameras with his family in the sunshine before the ceremony.
North East cricketer Paul Collingwood is receiving an honorary degree from Northumbria University.
The family of England's most capped one-day international will watch the ceremony.
Paul Collingwood 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.
"There are lots of inspiring people in this part of the world, so to be chosen is extremely flattering."
Collingwood's own cricketing career began at nine, when he was selected to play for his local Under 13 team.
Just ten years later he had been signed for Durham County Cricket Club and by 2000 his fellow players had voted him Player of the Year.
A year later he made his England debut in a One Day International, closely followed by his test match debut against Sri Lanka. He went on to become England's most capped One Day International cricketer and leading run scorer.
Collingwood was awarded an MBE for his role in the 2005 Ashes victory, the first in almost 20 years.